Before getting married, she would frequent online chat rooms, some of which were specifically for dating.
Science knows how to identify a liar (big hint: someone who keeps harping on his or her own honesty).
University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Catalina Toma and Jeffrey Hancock of Cornell University scanned profiles from 78 online daters at four matchmaking websites, comparing the information and photos online to the daters' actual stats.
Here's what they found: Fascinatingly, “the more deceptive the self-description, the fewer times you see ‘I,’ the more negation, the fewer words total — using those indicators, we were able to correctly identify the liars about 65 percent of the time,” Toma says.
That’s because love, like the Internet, has a lingo and etiquette all its own.
Combining the two in an online dating scenario can complicate the delicate dance even further. Maybe Boy and Girl meet—or maybe they don’t, and if they do, do Boy and Girl live up to their profiles and live happily ever after?