Some More Statistics on Online Dating: The Lies People Tell on Their Profiles

by robekulick

I have a number of comments to respond to and more serious posts planned, but given the popularity of my previous post on online dating and the fact that I’m swamped with work right now, I’m going to run with another post on online dating.

OK Cupid recently compiled an interesting set of  statistics demonstrating the lies that people tell on their online profiles:

Here are a few of the more interesting ones:

(1) On average, people exaggerate their height by 2 inches on online dating sites. The really interesting thing is this goes for both men and women. What’s even more interesting is this is happening despite the fact that, at least where women are concerned, shorter women get more attention on online dating websites. OK Cupid calculates that a woman who is 5’4  gets an average of 60 more contacts a year than one who is 6’0.

(2) People are on average 20% poorer than they claim to be. Men on average exaggerate their incomes by a bit more than women and people tend to exaggerate more with age. Furthermore, the statisticians at OK Cupid find that this particular form of exaggeration is very rational, especially where men are concerned. The OK Cupid researcher explains:

“We did a little investigating as to whether a person’s stated income had any real effect on his or her online dating experience. Unsurprisingly, we found that it matters a lot, particularly for men…if you’re a young guy and don’t make much money, cool. If you’re 23 or older and don’t make much money, go die in a fire. It’s not hard to see where the incentive to exaggerate comes from.”

(3) Almost 80% of self-reported bisexuals appear only to be interested in one sex or the other. They find 41% of bisexuals message only men, 36% percent of bisexuals message only women, and the remaining 23% actually message both.

Now that I’ve discovered this I imagine that I’ll be doing posts based on this site pretty often. It’s just too interesting.