Lying about age is a hot topic among people with online profiles. Have you ever seen an online profile with an age attached and wondered if the number really added up? Maybe you thought that the person you were viewing might have been living in a false reality when it came to the age that they said they were. Is it ever okay to trim a few years to your profile when seeking romance online?
More mature adults are turning online for dating and companionship. Data released this week showed that in 2013, 6% of 55-64 year olds reported using an online dating site or mobile dating app. Fast forward a few years and today that number has doubled to 12%. Age can be an important aspect when browsing profiles, although for many age is just a number when you feel young at heart.
Some Stitch members recently discussed their thoughts about age on profiles with mixed opinions. Some online dating sites require members add their age to their profile. Unfortunately, this can result with many people lying about their age (this can happen by up to ten years!) in an attempt to not show up in searches from older companions. In order to make their profile appear to match with their (false) age, they might upload images that are a little old, images taken from long distances or wearing sunglasses, hats and other accessories that might disguise what they look like today.
This is not always deliberate, if you’re worried that your photos are not updated or clear, you can read over an article we wrote about taking selfies here!
81% of online profiles contained at least one fib according to researchers from Cornell University and Michigan State University. They looked at eighty men and women who had a personal ad on four dating sites like Match.com and Yahoo Personals. Comparing height, weight and age, they found:
- Men overstate their height by half an inch on average
- Women are more likely to lie about their weight
- There’s no gender difference in deceptions about age.
Unlike other online dating sites, Stitch doesn’t require that you put these types of information on your profile. Provided our team can verify that you’re over fifty, it’s up to you what you’d like to include to share with other members.
Many of our members are proud of their age and would prefer to share it! Though, it’s only important to some, so for many others, it doesn’t matter whether it’s there or not. Which makes sense, because the older we get, the less likely we’re able to lie on our profiles. “The only saving grace appears to be that with age comes wisdom. On both sides of the Atlantic, the older people got, the less likely they were to be untruthful. Clearly the older generations understand that it’s better to be accepted for who you are rather than who you wish you were,” The Huffington Post reported.
When it comes to your profile on Stitch, we leave it to you to decide you what to include. Without questions including how old you are, or what your height or weight is (like some other online dating websites require) we believe it helps create honest profiles.
Real Stitch Story
One of our members in California (who prefers to remain anonymous) told us he has always filtered profiles on age and was very frustrated when Stitch would not let him do that. A few months later, he met a woman on Stitch that he fell for and guess what? She was two years his senior. He said he never would have met her on any other website and that he was so grateful to Stitch for removing judgemental barriers.
So, what do you think? Does age matter when looking at profiles? Do you look at another person’s photos and what they’ve written about themselves instead? We’d love to know what you think. Comment below, or log in to Stitch and join the discussion!