Deception in online dating profiles
In one study men who were young adults dated women who were an average of 1.04 years younger, middle aged men dated women who were 4.98 years younger, and older men dated women an average of 9.99 years younger (Alterovitz & Mendelsohn, 2009).
These results support the idea that women think that they need to look as young and beautiful as possible in order to attract a man.
This pressure results in a tendency for women underestimate their weight on their dating profiles.
In addition, in hopes of improving their physical attractiveness level, more women than men use a photograph for their online dating profile that tends to be inconsistent with their actual appearance. Also, the photographs posted by women showed more discrepancies when compared to their actual appearance, implying that the photograph was possibly retouched, cropped, or edited in some way.
Deception in online dating occurs in many forms but what role does gender play in this deception?
Men and women report negative feelings towards being deceived in online dating profiles yet many admit that they misrepresent themselves on their profiles. Due to this competition, physical appearance is a crucial part of online dating.
Gender differences in online dating are centered on what each gender typically finds attractive.
Studies have also shown that the evolutionary theory holds true by suggesting that the characteristics that are viewed as most desirable by both genders deal with parental investment.