Online Dating- Spotting The Liars

shutterstock_149177420Online dating provides people with an alternative means to meet up with other likeminded people. For people who just arrived at a new city, has recently been through a recent break up, or simply trying to expand a network of friends, online dating provides a convenient means of meeting other people. But there are also other risks that people should know about. Online liars proliferate in the online dating scene. There is a possibility that some online dating profiles may not be telling you the truth. You might easily be deceived by these liars if you are not too careful.

Spotting online liars may be essential if you wish to prevent being “catfished”. Catfish is a relatively new term that refers to a person who creates a fake online profile in order to deceive other people into falling in love with them. It is a popular online phenomenon which has recently come out into the open. In order to avoid being a victim, you need to know how to spot the lies and deceit. But it may not be as easy as you think.

The challenge with trying to spot the liars online lies on the indirect means of meeting people. On online dating sites, people do not usually meet up simultaneously online. They can just send a message to an owner of a particular dating profile. When the other agrees, people can say that they have officially met. There are many people who have started an online relationship this way.

It is easy to meet people online under a veil of secrecy. And because of this, it is easier to deceive other people as well. All it takes is creating a fake online profile based on a persona that most people like but is based on a lie. It is easy to deceive gullible or vulnerable people this way. But just like all lies, there are certain signs that can warn you against them. Here are some ways in which you can spot a liar by looking closely at a person’s online profile.

Short Online Profile Descriptions

If you find some short personal descriptions on a person’s online profile, it may be possible that he or she might not be telling the truth. Liars will always be careful not to expose their web of lies. That is why they prefer making short description on their profile. They want to make sure that their story will not contradict the other things that they may have already mentioned on other parts of their profile. Conciseness may be an effective tool to sell the fake online profiles.

Language Cues

Another way of spotting a liar online is by looking out for certain language patterns on their online dating profile. According to careful analysis made by communication experts regarding fake online profiles, there are common language patterns that may help you spot the lie. Liars online try to make use of “we” often on their online profiles. Using a high number of first-person plural pronouns may indicate a potential liar. Such a profile is intended to make someone feel emotionally close to the owner of the profile, but not necessarily in an honest way.

Too Much Of A Positive Image

Someone who lies on an online profile also tries to show a positive image. The liar will try to avoid showing any negative emotions or associations on his or her profile to make the reader become more comfortable.  If a profile seems to be too positive in every aspect, then chances are that it might not be true.


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