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Online Deception: 5 Things People Lie About On Their Online Dating Profiles

Online dating can be a real danger zone. There are some people on online dating sites that you should totally stay clear of, but how can you tell who they are? One way to tell is if their online dating profile is riddled with lies. It can be difficult to figure out what the lies are, though! To make things easier, here are five topics that people frequently lie about on their online dating profiles:

1. Where They Work

One of the main things people lie about online is what their occupation is. In an attempt to make themselves look better, people will often claim to have a very prestigious job. They may also lie about the position they are in at a company that they do actually work for. For instance, someone might say they are the boss at a store where they are actually a cashier.

2. What They Look Like

This is the most common thing that people lie about. People want to look appealing online, so they may use fake pictures or just describe themselves differently than they look. They will often pretend to be taller, skinnier, or just overall more attractive than they are in reality.

3. How Old They Are

A very common thing that people lie about on their online dating profiles is their age. People who feel that they are too old to find someone to date may pretend that they are younger than they really are. You may also find the reverse, where people who are underage and should not even be on dating sites in the first place lie about their age so that they can meet someone.

4. What Their Interests Are

On online dating profiles, people may lie about what their interests and hobbies are. If someone doesn't have many hobbies, or if they are insecure about their hobbies for some reason, they make say that they are interested in other things. For instance, if someone feels that their hobbies are “nerdy,” they may lie and say that they are interested in sports or thrill-seeking instead of reading and writing.

5. What They Want In A Partner

This is something that people will begin lying about if they are having trouble finding what exactly what they are looking for. Someone may really be looking for a person with no kids who is between the ages of 25 and 30, but if they can't find this person, they may say that “kids are okay.” It could be that they truly changed what they are looking for, or it could be that they are lying about their true desires just so they can find someone.


Fake Identities: 4 Major Signs You’re Talking To A Catfish

By now most of us have seen the MTV show Catfish, but if you haven't, we'll give you the basic idea of what “catfishing” is. A “catfish” refers to a person you meet online who pretends to be someone they are not. Catfishes go to great lengths to take on another identity. They steal other people's photos and pass them off as photos of themselves. They make up fake stories about their lives and fake names. Many people fall victim to being catfished on the internet, so we're giving you four major signs that the person you met online is actually a catfish:

1. They Won't Talk On the Phone

If you've been talking to someone online for awhile, you'll eventually want to take it to the phone instead! If they refuse to talk to you on the phone, they're probably a catfish. They may be avoiding the verbal conversation because they're not the gender or age they claimed to be, and they don't want you to find out by hearing their voice.

2. They Never Upload New Pictures

If the person you're talking to only has a handful of pictures on their social media and they never upload any new ones, they might be a catfish. (Or they're just not into selfies….) Another thing to look out for is if they have no pictures with other people in them. Catfishes often steal other people's pictures, but very rarely take ones that have others in them.

3. They Refuse to Video Chat

This is a major sign you're talking to a catfish. We live in a society where most people have the modern technology to video chat through a webcam or Facetime. If the person you're dealing with won't video chat with you, they're either freakishly shy or a total catfish.

4. They Won't Meet You In Person

This is the indisputable proof that you're talking to a catfish. If the person you've been talking to online refuses to meet with you in person, they're a catfish. The only reasonable excuse to not meet in person is if they live very, very far away and do not have the resources to travel. Otherwise, there's a reason they don't want to meet you in person. So if you find that they keep making excuses to not meet you, they're probably a catfish.

Signs You've Been Catfished