The science of love has gotten clearer in recent years with scholars being able to pull data from online dating sites like Match.com, OkCupid, and others. Along with no duobt discovering that travel and The Wire are pretty much universally loved, they’ve found some surprising stats.
The New York Times has rounded up a number of reseachers to share some of their findings. Here’s what you should know if you date online or are thnking about it.
- Some 81 percent of people lie about their height, weight or age in their profiles, (so it’s kind of like any night at a bar IRL). Women go 8.5 pounds thinner in their profiles while men usually lie about 2 pounds, but make themselves taller.
- People were most honest about their age.
- “White more than black, women more than men, and old more than young prefer a same-race partner.”
- Women prefer men who are slightly chubby, while men prefer women who are slightly underweight and shorter than them.
- Women like rich, tall men. (Shocker!)
- People don’t like to give political affiliation. “People were much more likely to say ‘I’m fat’ than ‘I’m a conservative.’ ”
So be on the lookout for liars or go ahead and lie yourself, since hey, everybody else is doing it. Just remember, you may actually have to back up what you say in real life.