Psychology online dating profiles

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The dating profiles were comprised of four photographs, two of which were found to be ‘unattractive’ and two that were ‘highly attractive’ by pilot testing.In reality, online daters are presented with an almost limitless number of options which could have an enormous effect on perceptions.Somewhere between one-third and three-quarters of single people with internet access have used it to try and meet someone new.Most people want to meet up eventually so they know big lies are going to be caught. Even without Photoshop to iron out the wrinkles, camera angles and lighting can easily change perceived attractiveness.People instinctively understand this when choosing their profile photo so Toma and Hancock (2010) took photographs of internet daters, then judges compared these to the real profile photos.

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