Online dating is often the next step for London’s singles in search of love after they’ve tried leaving it to chance, dating friends of friends and joining various clubs. But with lower than a 10% success rate due to the haphazard approach, Bowes-Lyon Partnership looks at The Telegraph’s article on the top 10 lies that men and women often make whilst online dating!
Women lie about their looks whilst men lie about their jobs in the battle to find a partner through internet dating, a survey has found.
When it comes to lying on their profile, men are worse than women – with many also saying they are taller than they really are and lying about their age and weight.
More than 40 per cent admit to making out they earn more than they really do to make their jobs sound more interesting – while 33 per cent of women do the same.
Pretending to know celebrities, claiming to work in the film industry making out they have a PA are also among men’s top ten lies. The survey of 1,000 single adults, commissioned by online dating community BeautifulPeople.com, revealed that women lie about the size of their bust, pretend to work in entertainment and also claim to be friendly with celebrities to make themselves seem more attractive.
Lying about their weight was top of the list for women, whilst creating a better job headed the top ten for men.
Researchers say the results show that people are forever optimistic when it comes to online dating: whilst a majority believing others also lie when writing online profiles, when comes to actually reading about potential dates, they are far more likely to believe what they are reading is true.
Greg Hodge, managing director of BeautifulPeople.com, a dating community exclusively for good-looking people, said: “The online dating industry is a minefield of people misrepresenting themselves.
“You arrange a date with a pretty young woman with a “slim build” and when you meet her it’s like she’s sent her fat older sister. Trust is broken on the first – and last – date.”
Pretending to work in healthcare, finance and the film industry were the top three lied-about professions for men, whilst creating jobs in entertainment, marketing and finance were top for women.
There was also a difference between countries, with over 53 per cent of Americans admitting to lying about their appearance compared to just 44 per cent of Britons.
Mr. Hodge went on: “American society is more obsessed with appearance and stature than the British so it makes sense that they would embellish the truth.
“What doesn’t make sense is that British online daters are more honest – they have much more to lie about, being amongst the least attractive people in the world.”
But in a sign that with age comes acceptance, on both sides of the Atlantic, the older people got, the less likely they were to be untruthful about their appearance and how much they earned.
Mr. Hodge added:
“People need to know what they are getting. Nobody wants to trawl through a gallery of nightmares making out they’re Megan Fox when they look like Mrs. Doubtfire.
“Our members are selected by their peers, and we’re the only dating website with an authenticity app that verifies members look as they have represented themselves in their photos.
“This increases safety and vastly improves the user experience. I defy any other site to have members who are as true to their profiles as ours.”
The top ten
lies told by men:
1. Job (better than it is)
2. Height (taller)
3. Weight (losing or gaining a few pounds)
4. Physique (athletic)
6. More senior than they really are at work
7. Interesting profession
8. Knowing celebrities
9. Having a PA
10. Working in the film industry
Top ten lies told by women:
1. Weight (losing a few pounds)
2. Age (losing a few years)
3. Physique (toned)
6. Bust (gaining proportions)
7. Glamorous profession
8. Knowing celebrities
9. Having a PA
10. Working in entertainment
At Bowes-Lyon Partnership we meet with each and every member for an initial, informal complimentary consultation to ensure we know as much about them as possible; that way we can match people with people rather than (inaccurate) profiles with profiles. Our method of meeting with each of our members face to face really does allow us to match our members on a wide spectrum of criteria, which is one of the reasons our
success rate is so high.
If you are a busy, single London professional who doesn’t want to leave finding your ideal partner to chance and who doesn’t relish the thought of wading through dozens of inaccurate online dating profiles, then an introduction company like Bowes-Lyon Partnership could be the perfect olution for you. For a complimentary consultation with a matchmaking specialist at Bowes-Lyon Partnership and to find out if they can help you find your ideal match, click here.