However, online, people are far less inhibited, and the temptation to misrepresent is greater.
The male characteristics which participants judged to be evident without even talking to someone were: The characteristics participants judged could be ascertained without even talking to someone ‘attractive face’, ‘attractive body’ and ‘fashion sense’, came 20th, 21st and 24th on a list of twenty five items.
Of those judged to be obvious after just a few minutes of conversation, only two were in the top half of the list, and were sense of humour (4th) and friendly (6th).
They asked their participants to select the point in time at which they believed the information on each characteristic would become evident.
Four points in time were used which were: In an online dating environment, only the first two stages outlined above would be available, that is ‘can tell without talking to them’ (viewing their profile picture) and ‘would be obvious after only a brief conversation’ (brief period of online chat).
For females the percentage was 46.7% compared to 6.7% for males.
This is consistent with the fact that males tend to place a greater emphasis on how females look in comparison to females assessing how males look, which means that females have a higher motivation to misrepresent in this case.
The dilemma The longer a female spends making a decision about which male she should select, and the more choices she considers, should in theory lead her to a better decision.
However, this process cannot go on indefinitely, and eventually a choice will need to be made regarding the male she chooses.
For age, males misrepresented information 10% of the time, compared to 3.3% for females and for weight, males and females represented 6.7% of the time.