What is the accuracy of online dating photographs?

From: Journal of Communication

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  • 54 heterosexual online daters in New York city (27 men and 27 women)


  • Online daters were recruited and asked to rate the accuracy of there profiles and on-line pictures.
  • Independent judges also rated the accuracy of the on-line photographs. 


  • Male photographs tended to be rated as more accurate than female photographs (48.1% of female photographs were rated as inaccurate).
  • As expected, the participants tended to rate their photographs as more accurate than independent judges rated them.
  • Female photographs had more inconsistencies related to physical characteristics — including age, hair style, and skin — than male photographs.
  • Women’s photographs were taken an average of 17 months earlier, and men’s photographs taken only an average of 6 months earlier.


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