Can you meet someone through online dating

Online communication has become an integral part of most of our lives, and yet many people continue to view those they meet on the Internet with suspicion.

They imagine that online forums are filled with sexual predators and people using false identities. Online interactions vary in terms of two major questions: (1) What venues are we using to communicate, and, (2) What are we lying about?

This perception is fueled by sensationalistic cases like the Craigslist Killer and the false identities created by subjects on MTV’s . To address the first issue, there are many ways to meet people online—dating sites, chat rooms or forums, or social networking sites.

These venues differ in terms of users' intentions and opportunity for deception.

The second issue—what individuals are most likely to lie about—can be divided into several categories, including physical appearance, education, relationship or job status, and issues related to personality traits and interests.

When we might be especially honest Surprisingly, people can sometimes be more authentic online than offline in the way they express their personality.

The idea that people could be, in some ways, genuine online than off strikes them as counterintuitive.But the research suggests that when you’re chatting with someone online—in a Facebook private message or via the instant messaging function on a dating website—you and the other person may actually be especially authentic in how you present your personality. In general, people are likely to be pretty honest online; most online deception does involve the creation of false identities.It’s certainly true that it can be easier to lie online than offline, particularly about your physical appearance or job.So the lies we tell online have the potential to be far more all-encompassing than anything we could get away with in person.Despite that, most online lies, like most offline lies, are subtle, representing people’s attempts to portray themselves in the best possible light, with slight exaggerations (Zimbler & Feldman, 2011).In one study asking undergraduates to communicate with a stranger in a lab for 15 minutes, it was found that the students were more likely to misrepresent themselves online than face-to-face (Zimbler & Feldman, 2011).But these researchers defined misrepresentation quite broadly, where subjects reviewing transcripts of their conversations were encouraged to label their statements as false if the statements could be perceived as inaccurate or if the subjects weren’t sure if they were accurate.By this definition, even the expression of hidden “true self” traits could qualify as lies.In addition, the average subject only lied about once per interaction, even with this loose definition of lying.In another study examining interactions with offline friends and acquaintances, it was found that people lied online than face-to-face, perhaps due to the fact that their online comments would be recorded, or that they were less concerned about others’ reactions to potentially negative or insulting comments (Hancock et al., 2004). Of all online contexts, dating appears the most prone to dishonesty.In general, , people are more likely to lie when looking for a date than in other social situations (Rowatt et al., 1999).

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