FREAK-TV: What Do Online Daters Lie About?

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This is a subject we wrote about in Freakonomics, based on a really interesting paper called “What Makes You Click?” by Günter J. Hitsch, Ali Hortaçsu, and Dan Ariely. The story we told in the book was an aggregate one, based on thousands of online daters’ data. But we thought it would make sense to go out on the street and ask people, one by one, the same question: if you filled out an online dating profile, what would you lie about? You might want to ask yourself the same question before you click “play.”

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  1. joshua Rothhaas says:

    I guess it doesn’t answer the question, but wouldn’t a lie on a dating site just be silly. I’m sure it happens a ton, but if your having trouble meeting people who like you for who you are in person, then the internet holds the promis of 1 billion other people. the only way any one of those people wil ever have a chance of liking you for who you are is for you to tell the truth.

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  2. joshua Rothhaas says:

    I guess it doesn’t answer the question, but wouldn’t a lie on a dating site just be silly. I’m sure it happens a ton, but if your having trouble meeting people who like you for who you are in person, then the internet holds the promis of 1 billion other people. the only way any one of those people wil ever have a chance of liking you for who you are is for you to tell the truth.

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  3. anon says:

    my cousin lied about being able to cook. and it significantly upped her compatibility. hehe.

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  4. anon says:

    my cousin lied about being able to cook. and it significantly upped her compatibility. hehe.

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  5. Mike B. says:

    Most consider dating sites to be just a better opportunity to spread carefully fabricated lies amongst thousands of people. I mean, how many girls post photos of themselves wearing no makeup on dating sites? Not many. Same deal.

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  6. Mike B. says:

    Most consider dating sites to be just a better opportunity to spread carefully fabricated lies amongst thousands of people. I mean, how many girls post photos of themselves wearing no makeup on dating sites? Not many. Same deal.

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  7. Anne says:

    Woman lie about age and men about height. Although throughout high school and college, dating a classmate is the norm, once men leave the school world it seems that any internet dating search must include only women 5 years their junior (10 years if over 35). Women don’t want to look down on thier man, literally or figuratively. The difference however is that a man’s lie won’t last beyond the first meeting, whereas a woman’s can last as long as she is smart. I for example have been 31 and holding for 3 years now.

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  8. Anne says:

    Woman lie about age and men about height. Although throughout high school and college, dating a classmate is the norm, once men leave the school world it seems that any internet dating search must include only women 5 years their junior (10 years if over 35). Women don’t want to look down on thier man, literally or figuratively. The difference however is that a man’s lie won’t last beyond the first meeting, whereas a woman’s can last as long as she is smart. I for example have been 31 and holding for 3 years now.

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