Little White Profile Lies
This Washington Post article discusses some of the most common lies in dating profiles: height and weight. It also states that 8 out of 10 profiles have some type of lie in it. When I was dating online I had plenty of first dates but only one where the woman I met had blatantly lied about her appearance…so if 80% of people are lying I think most of those lies must be pretty small, at least based on my experience. The article ends by suggesting the lying will lessen as dating profiles become tied more closely to social networks. An interesting thought although I’m not convinced that today’s singles want to tie their online dating life to their Facebook account (at least not openly).
Avoiding Hang Up on Age
This article discusses the increasingly popularity of “cougar” dating. The author runs a dating agency and reveals some insight into how many individuals they help are unwilling to meet people significantly older than themselves. He summed this issue up well in the article:
Yes, many guys in their 20s love to meet cougars in bars and go home with them for the night (and perhaps several other nights down the road). However, when those same guys reach the point in their lives when they want to settle down, get married, and start a family, they almost always prefer meeting women their own age or younger.
It’s also interesting to see how he has seen an increasing trend in singles looking to date people significantly younger than themselves.
A Widowed Mom Looks For Online Dating Advice
A woman looks for advice on using online dating after unexpectedly losing her husband. She has questions like if she should include the situation she’s found herself in or if she should talk about her child. The article is interesting but the advice is rather extreme. I do think you should list if you have children, although not specifics about your kids. The article uses one example out of literally millions to make the case that just listing having children will result in their abuse. Being cautious is recommended but in the article’s example the man actually married the woman to get to her children. My thought is that if some sicko is committed enough to marry a woman to get to her kids he would also be committed enough to put the time in to find out if she has kids in the first place. Still, it’s good to read as many opinions as possible and since I don’t have children yet I may not be the best guy to weigh in on this one. Still, were it me I would list having children but leave out any details.