Deception in online dating profiles
What lies beneath: The linguistic traces of deception in online dating profiles. Any executive/researcher in the Online Dating Industry should carefully read that paper.
Online dating requires users to invest time, money and, most importantly, high hopes in finding potential mates.
However, human judges (Study 2) were unable to capitalize on any of these cues, as they relied on a separate, and non-predictive, set of cues to assess daters' trustworthiness.
The technological affordances of the online dating space (i.e., asynchronicity, editability)affected the production of cognitive linguistic cues more than that of emotional cues.
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The messages were almost always from fake, computer-generated profiles – “Virtual Cupids” – created by the defendants, with photos and information designed to closely mimic the profiles of real people.