The researchers asked a group of 316 nationally representative online daters to review one of the four sample online dating profiles, which had some combination of high or low selective self-presentation and high or low warranting.Then they looked at whether the reviewers saw these people as more or less socially attractive (i.e., whether they wanted to spend time with them) and trustworthy, and whether that influenced their desire to date them. (How often have you detagged unflattering photos on Facebook?This could be due to the specific nature of searching for love online as we hone our requirements and match with those of a similar agenda.
These people were thought to be honest but also approachable.
The reason is probably that, at this point, online daters are wary of profiles that promise too much.
But the combination of low selective self-presentation and high warranting -- i.e., no braggy language, just specific, checkable details, or a link to an outside website that would verify who they were -- was a combination that did work.
People appreciated those who seemed humble but also specific, and especially those who had other sources do their bragging for them.
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