They say that honesty is the best policy – yet that makes dishonesty second-best, doesn’t it?
The thing is nobody says how much honesty is best, especially in an online dating community. Sure everyone’s looking for a long-lasting, special relationship, especially according to a recent report that found 93 per cent of respondents indicating that was their goal (97 per cent for those between the ages of 18 and 30), but can you find someone if you’re truly, completely yourself in your online dating profile?
Around one out of every six people have met their spouses through using the internet over the last two years, according to another recent study. However, some of the happiest couples reported that some truths should be held in reserve for a face-to-face meeting, as baring your soul in person is usually more effective than it is when you do so in an online environment – first emails are more about getting the ball rolling than they are about the vicissitudes of your entire life story.
While it’s easier to lie in an online environment, since there are no little non-verbal cues such as body language to get in the way of your prevarication, it’s not what these couples are talking about. Instead, it’s more about keeping some details out in order to have something to talk about once you meet up in person and have actually developed a rapport with this new person in your life; that’s the time to tell them all your deepest, darkest secrets, not in your dating profile.