Sex advice columnist extraordinaire Dan Savage has stated he assumes every man with an online profile is probably two to five years older than he actually is.This is a fair assumption to make even if I think the percentage of men lying about their age online isn’t quite as numerous as Savage suggests and is likely more common among daters in their 30s, 40s and 50s than among seniors and 20-somethings.If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware.If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices.The growing popularity of online dating The dating scene has been changing over the last decade.According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, approximately 6% of Internet users who are in a marriage or other committed relationship met online, compared to 3% who reported this in 2005.
Let’s say you subtract 9 years off your age and right after the cups of coffee arrive, you say “Hey, by the way, I’m actually 49, not 40.” What do you think will happen? Your chances of getting a second date are slim to none.
A University of Wisconsin study estimates that 81% of online daters lie about their height, weight, or age in their profile.
Since almost everyone else is doing it, does that mean you should too? And I’ll explain why slightly bending the truth can be a good idea in a minute…But before you go off on a creative writing spree and invent The New You, remember this: Online dating is just a means to an end. Not only is it stressful to keep up the charade, but the bigger the lie, the more difficulty you’ll have down the road.
I showed up at the coffee shop where he was waiting for me, and I noticed that he looked a little more, well, craggy, than I had expected.
“I really feel like my mental age is 34,” he told me about half way into our date. I wanted to say to him, “I’m so glad that you feel 34, but I’m actually 27.” Of course, I was far too tactful to blurt out anything quite that blunt.