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In any human interaction, there will always be some amount of posturing.
But online dating isn’t especially vulnerable to our collective weakness for self-flattering fibs. In 2010, Boston’s “Craigslist killer” was charged with murdering a woman he had met online (he later committed suicide in jail).
Compare that with meetings at bars or parties, where people might be a few drinks in when the flirting starts (studies show that alcohol use increases the risk of sexual assault).
Also, people almost universally pick public places for their initial online dates: coffee shops, restaurants and the like.
The Guardian warns that these sites have created a “throwaway dating culture.” This is silly.
People have always sought out casual sex — flings are key plot points in “Pride and Prejudice” (1813) and “The Fires of Autumn” (1942).
The premise was simple: For a day, we removed all the profile pictures on the site.
Users howled — site traffic dropped more than 80 percent that day.
Men on the site tend to message women closer to their own age; very few men over 30 actually reach out to 20-year-old women.This assumption is so prevalent that MTV has an entire show, “Catfish,” devoted to investigating whether people in online relationships are representing themselves honestly to their partners.In one extreme example of an online lie, Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o was tricked a few years ago into virtually dating a woman who never existed.Experts say that one-third of recent marriages in the United States started online.