The in-depth studies found that about 81 percent of people misrepresent their height, weight or age in their profiles.On average, the women described themselves as 8.5 pounds thinner in their profiles than they really were.Men fibbed by 2 pounds, although they lied about their height, rounding up a half inch.

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We know that men are looking for younger and thinner and women are looking for taller and wealthier.

We know that if we tell the truth – I’m 5’8″, not 5’10”, I’m 55, not 49, we’re all but eliminated from the search of the most desirable candidates.

So we fib a little to “get in the door” and hope that we don’t seem too different from our descriptions.

Liars use fewer negative emotion words like “sad” and “upset,” and they write shorter online personal essays.

(It’s easier not to get caught if you say less.) “I was personally really shocked,” said Professor Rose Mc Dermott, a professor of political science at Brown University whose study was published this year in the journal .

“People were much more likely to say ‘I’m fat’ than ‘I’m a conservative.’ ” Personally, none of this is surprising if you’ve dated online.

You may find it exasperating, but I just think it’s human nature. We know that online dating presents a lot of choices.

There are millions of Americans seeking love on the Internet.

Little do they know that teams of scientists are eagerly watching them trying to find it.

A recent New York Times article titled “Love, Lies and What They Learned,” indicates that collectively, the major dating sites had more than 593 million visits in the United States last month.

Research involving more than one million online dating profiles was partly financed by a grant from the National Science Foundation.