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Because the social network is large and includes dozens of people who already know you offline, if you lie about your age, occupation, or other such information, these people will know.In addition, as I mentioned earlier, online communication with individuals that we know offline is marked by less lying than in-person communication, and the Facebook social network to a large extent involves presenting information to those in our social network.While the presentation of one’s personality on Facebook is likely to be relatively accurate, people do have a tendency to try to appear than they really are, by highlighting positive events and emotions over negative ones (Qiu et al., 2012).
In another study examining interactions with offline friends and acquaintances, it was found that people lied online than face-to-face, perhaps due to the fact that their online comments would be recorded, or that they were less concerned about others’ reactions to potentially negative or insulting comments (Hancock et al., 2004). Of all online contexts, dating appears the most prone to dishonesty.
In general, , people are more likely to lie when looking for a date than in other social situations (Rowatt et al., 1999).
Online daters tend to be most honest about their relationship history, religious and political beliefs, education—and hair and eye color (Toma et al., 2008). Social networking sites like Facebook also provide a major source of online interactions with others. Back and colleagues (2010) compared people’s real personalities with the personas they projected online, asking subjects to rate both their own personality and their "ideal" personality.
Their offline close friends also rated their personality.
Those who are introverted or high in social anxiety are especially likely to be normally show to others offline (Amichai-Hamburger et al., 2002; Mc Kenna et al., 2002).
Research on online dating sites has shown that men tend to lie more than women, with the exception being that women are more likely than men to lie about their weight (Hall et al., 2010).
When I have my own undergraduate students read about the “true self” research, many are shocked by the results, having believed that the Internet was rife with dishonesty.
The idea that people could be, in some ways, genuine online than off strikes them as counterintuitive.
In an earlier post, I discussed how people involved in online relationships can develop intense bonds due to the unique ability for the anonymity and control provided by online interactions to enable expression of the “true self”: traits that a person possesses, but does not normally feel comfortable expressing to others.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating