Nick Shaw, General Manager of Norton EMEA advised against sending anything explicit to avoid this.
But around half of British online daters between the age of 18 and 34 admit to having told a white lie in their dating description, a new report from web security firm Norton reveals.
Of over 3,000 people surveyed across the UK, France and Germany, 47% said they were likely to misrepresent their weight online, 50% said they’d be likely to misrepresent their physical appearance, and 48% said they’d lied about their interests.
Men are more likely to lie on their profile than women (51% to 45%), but as a nation we’re all pretty okay with telling porkies.
Apparently, we Brits are more likely to lie about every category in the survey than our French and German peers, with the exception of income. What’s more worrying, is that a large proportion of British daters have forged far bigger deceits.
She’d started chatting with a supposedly single man online, they met up and moved in together.
He had very convincing stories about family members & situations, including that his uncle had died leaving him £20m. Then Jo found out that everything was a lie: There was no uncle, no money. The mother of two was left distraught, facing arrears on her mortgage, and saw the man turn up on the dating website again after all this… It might sound like a scary world out there, but you shouldn’t let this put you off looking for love online.
Norton has detailed a number of tips (right) which range from thinking about what you’re posting online, to making sure you know who you’re talking to.
Nearing half (43%) of people surveyed said they’d met a supposed singleton online only to find out they were in a relationship, and 19% themselves admitted to using online dating to start an affair (Ashley Madison much anyone? A shocking 28% of online daters also said that they’d been victims of catfishing (where someone assumes an identity that is completely different than their own), and 31% said they’d been asked for money or financial help by someone online, a common scam.
might say they’ve been mugged in London, or been in an accident abroad and ask you to send them money, Norton experts explained.