Question: Not a question, but I saw this article:
“Researchers have figured out the one thing not to do in your online dating profile”
It’s about “bragging” or “trying to hard” in a profile.
Just something I’d like to see your thoughts about if you want. I love reading your blog!
From the article:
To set yourself apart from the herd, you might be tempted to highlight or exaggerate your accomplishments. But paradoxically, new research suggests that is not the way to go.
A recently published study from researchers at the University of Iowa looked at how specific kinds of content in online dating profiles changed people’s perceptions of the profile’s owner. They found that trying too hard to impress someone was one common downfall.
To perform the experiment, the researchers created four different profiles that differed along two basic dimensions. One of those dimensions was what they call “selective self-presentation,” or the degree to which people emphasized the best parts of themselves and minimized the worst. The second dimension they looked at was “warranting” — basically, backing up any written claims by including some kind of evidence, such as detailed personal information that could be verified online, or links to a third-party professional site that could verify their biography.
Basically, this study theorizes that people are more willing to respond to your profile if you can back up your moderate amount of claims. Personally, when I see links to outside websites I assume the person is only there to promote themselves of their services. I mean, have these people not heard of fake testimonials? People lie on their Linkedin pages all the time. They also write their own reviews. Nothing being mentioned in the profile is actually being proven.
And really, who wants to give away that much personal information to any rando using a dating site or app?