If they had, they might have found not that less attractive people were more deceptive, but that older people were more deceptive.If they deceive in their profiles it is probably not because they evaluate themselves as being less attractive, and feel the need to compensate for that fact, but because they accurately assess that they need to do that in order to attract the attention of men who prefer to spend their time chatting online with women who could be their daughters.This raises a more general issue and that is the underlying assumption that men and women are good at assessing their place on the market in terms of physical attractiveness.
In general, women were not any more deceptive in their profiles regarding physical attractiveness than were men.), in this study there is little evidence that less physically attractive people were more guilty of elevating their social status.
They weren’t any more likely than more attractive people to over report their income, education or occupation levels.
One point about this study: the participants ranged in age from 18 to 53, and yet the judges ranged in age from 18 to 22.
I cannot be the only one who thinks that a 20 year-old judging the attractiveness of a 50 year-old online dater is going to necessarily give a lower attractiveness score than might a judge who is closer to the participant’s age.
Finally they were photographed in three poses, one of which replicated their main profile picture.
Judges (undergraduate students) rated -- on a scale of one to ten -- the pictures taken in the lab and the main profile picture for attractiveness.
They were given their online dating profile and asked to rate the level of deception of specific elements of the profile on a scale of one to five.
They were objectively measured for weight and height and asked to provide proof of their age.
I can’t imagine a 75-year-old women looking back on her marriage and reflecting that she might have been happier had her husband just been one inch taller.
Or a 75 year-old man looking at the mother of his children and thinking that if she had only been curvy, instead of just plump, his life with her would have been so much better.
His comment was, “I could have been a doctor by now!