Women can lie about the weight, and men can lie about the height.But what happens is that this is really the key to disappointment. I’m curious what effect income and wealth have on a relationship or on a budding relationship.
By giving us superficial attributes to request in a mate, the sites tend to exaggerate our superficial tendencies.
In his most recent Big Think interview, Ariely talks at length about the issues around dating and mating, also telling us about a recent study he did that determined that people find others attractive in part based on how they perceive of their own attractiveness.
What is it about online dating makes us roll our eyes? His team created their own online dating ‘platform’ in which people were restricted to 20 conversational questions, all different, all interesting: Why did you break up from your previous relationship? What attributes make some people successful at online dating? For instance, it’s often discussed how some people can get higher salaries compared to other attributes, like height, weight, education, etc.
Online dating makes people boring Ariely said his team was given access to loads of data – communications between online daters. Think about a couple online daters choosing a restaurant or where to have coffee. was happier: the askers were more interested and the answerers were happy to talk about something other than parroting their resumes.
And how much do women need to earn to be one BMI point higher? What happens when we convey superficial information about ourselves?
On average, as we learn more about people, we like them less.
What makes someone more attractive as an online profile?
Which attributes make some successful in their communications in online dating?
"If you're [an unattractive] woman, you start valuing short men who are bald with bad teeth," says Ariely.