Match tips Norton and his colleagues are developing ways for online daters to stay grounded in reality as they navigate the virtual world of romance.
And as soon as I find that one thing, then things start to cascade so everything else I learn about you suddenly now feels like more evidence that we are dissimilar and we don’t get along,” Norton said.
“Once you start this process of saying, ‘Ah, it’s not going well,’ it’s like an avalanche basically,” Norton said.
Profiles were corroborated with real-life measurements of a sample of users.
About half of the men lied about their height, adding at least a half inch to their stature, while more than 60 percent of all participants skewed their weight by five pounds or more.
Women put more stock in the virtual dating world because they seek a soul mate, he said, whereas men are typically after a more casual relationship.
It's not that familiarity always breeds contempt, the researchers say.
“One of the reasons people are so optimistic when they read these things is because everybody kind of shades their profile a little bit more positive then maybe it should be,” Norton said.
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“Because people so much want to find somebody, we find that they read into the profile.
They kind of see that person as a good match for them, and that they have a lot in common,” Norton told .
In the second reinforcing experiment, scientists surveyed two groups of online daters.