It is highly believed that people tell a lot of white lies on dating apps. In fact, we assume that a substantial percentage of messages sent by dating app users are as good as deceptive. Most people on dating apps are living a lie to appear more interesting, and likable to others – so we think. But recent studies have debunked all these assertions.
A paper published by Researchers at Stanford University have exposed the reasons why people lie on dating apps. The study found the reasons to be more related to the quest to socialize than increasing the probability of hookups, or casual sexual interactions.
“Most of these lies were about relationships – or not starting relationships – rather than lying to hook up.”
Explains Jeffrey Hancock, a professor of communication in the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences who is one of the lead researchers in the project.
The study analyzed well over 3000 text messages from 200 people at the discovery stage of dating. Each participant was then asked how dishonest they had been. It was discovered that as low as only 7% of the messages contained falsehood.
Of the many lies told, people lied more about availability, schedule, and current activity.
David Markowitz, who is also a co-researcher and assistant professor of Communication says;
“Being always available might come across as being desperate, therefore, people will lie about their availability or their current activity.” These are also known as “butler lies,” or “false messages that help a person manage his or her social availability.”