This pressure results in a tendency for women underestimate their weight on their dating profiles.
In addition, in hopes of improving their physical attractiveness level, more women than men use a photograph for their online dating profile that tends to be inconsistent with their actual appearance. Also, the photographs posted by women showed more discrepancies when compared to their actual appearance, implying that the photograph was possibly retouched, cropped, or edited in some way.
One hundred and seventy-three non-users and 57 current users of dating apps were surveyed.
The data suggest that the strongest motive for using dating apps is not for dating or sex, but for entertainment.
In one study men who were young adults dated women who were an average of 1.04 years younger, middle aged men dated women who were 4.98 years younger, and older men dated women an average of 9.99 years younger (Alterovitz & Mendelsohn, 2009).
These results support the idea that women think that they need to look as young and beautiful as possible in order to attract a man.
One possibility for why this deception occurs is due to the fact that because there are so many profiles with people looking to find love, the competition is viewed as greater and therefore people feel as though they need to lie in order to be considered as a potential mate (Whitty, M. However studies have shown that 86% of online dating participants believe that others do not completely tell the truth when describing their physical appearance (Toma et al., 2008).
has become steadily more prevalent in recent years.
When we consider this theory we see that men look for women who appear to be healthy and youthful enough to have children.
Also according to evolutionary theory, women look for men who are older than they are that have a high economic status.
Gender differences in online dating are centered on what each gender typically finds attractive.
Studies have also shown that the evolutionary theory holds true by suggesting that the characteristics that are viewed as most desirable by both genders deal with parental investment.