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(MORE: More Satisfaction, Less Divorce for People Who Meet Spouses Online) Understanding why people still find digital dating appealing, despite its shortcomings, is a little more complicated.
For one, having more options may be a benefit when it comes to finding a match.
The second issue—what individuals are most likely to lie about—can be divided into several categories, including physical appearance, education, relationship or job status, and issues related to personality traits and interests.
Klimentova says her bad date harassed her online for weeks.
In one study asking undergraduates to communicate with a stranger in a lab for 15 minutes, it was found that the students were more likely to misrepresent themselves online than face-to-face (Zimbler & Feldman, 2011).
But these researchers defined misrepresentation quite broadly, where subjects reviewing transcripts of their conversations were encouraged to label their statements as false if the statements could be perceived as inaccurate or if the subjects weren’t sure if they were accurate.
When I have my own undergraduate students read about the “true self” research, many are shocked by the results, having believed that the Internet was rife with dishonesty.
The idea that people could be, in some ways, genuine online than off strikes them as counterintuitive.