But the new research from Michican suggests that 86 per cent of online daters were concerned that profiles contained false information suggesting that trust may have been damaged at an early stage in the relationship.The study was published in the online journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.Although sites such as e Harmony claim to have algorithms to match research from the Association of Psychological Science suggested there was little scientific merit in programmes. And the paper warned that browsing too many profiles “fosters judgemental and assessment-oriented evaluations that can cognitively overwhelm users.” Another study has found that one third of pictures were misleading.
In fact, according to MSNBC, research shows that one third of people using online dating services are married!
And it doesn’t help when some dating sites out there, like Udate, do not differentiate between divorced and separated, making it even more convenient for a man to lie about his marital status.
And the trend shows no signs of slowing with sites becoming ever more specialised.
Couples who want to be matched by their music tastes can now logon to Tastebuds, while Jewish singles can try JDate and those who just want their partner in uniform can try Uniform
That study was funded by the dating site e Harmony.
In Britain around 20 per cent of heterosexual couples met online and 70 per cent of homosexual couples.