A fascinating new report from online dating site OkCupid--dubbed the "Google of online dating"--examined data from 1.5 million users to determine what people lie about most when looking for love on the Internet.
Take a look at the four big lies men and women of all ages tell online, then check out these jaw-dropping online dating statistics and six surprising tips for taking better online dating profile pictures. Which lies surprised you most--and least? Tell us in the comments below. (via OkCupid's OkTrends blog)
OKCupid's finding: "People are two inches shorter in real life." An infographic on online dating reveals a similar data point: height is one of the top three things American men lie about on online dating sites, while women are more likely to lie about their weight and build. Does it matter? It seems that, up to a point (around 5'10" for women and 6'6" for men), taller people have more sex partners. On the other hand, shorter women (up to 5'10") tend to get more unsolicited messages per week than their taller (i.e. 6') counterparts.
OKCupid's finding: "People are 20% poorer than they say they are." An infographic on online dating from Online Schools likewise reports that income is one of the things American men lie about most when looking for love on the web. Does it matter? Yes. The site researched how income affected a person's dating experience, concluding, "it matters a lot, particularly for men."
OKCupid's finding: "The more attractive the picture, the more likely it is to be out-of-date." On the whole, the dating site found that "over a third of the hottest photos on the site are a year old or more. And more than twice as many hot photos are over three years old (12%) as average-looking ones (5%)." Data point: The age of the photo tended to increase along the age of the uploader: A fifty year old man's photo would be around 500 days old, on average, while a twenty year old man's photo is more likely to be around 200 days old.
OKCupid's finding: "80% of self-identified bisexuals are only interested in one gender." Data point: The dating site's blog post adds, "12% of women under 35 on OkCupid (and the internet in general, I'd wager) self-identify as bi. However, as you can see above, only about 1 in 4 of those women is actually into both guys and girls at the same time."