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Online Dating 101: Represent Yourself Truthfully

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It can be tempting to stretch the truth a little when filling out your online dating profile — saying you exercise a little more frequently than you actually do, or smoke a little less. You might think these misrepresentations will increase your chances of getting dates, but really, you’re only hurting your chances for love in the long run.

Marissa A. Ross recently wrote some pretty spot-on dating tips for HelloGiggles. The best tip, while not strictly about dating online, really drives home why honesty is the best policy when it comes to your love life:

You can’t say the wrong thing to the right person.” Let it be your mantra because it’s a true story, guys. Think about it! If you’re meant to be with someone, it won’t matter how you phrased that last text message or that you went on a tipsy long winded tangent at the bar the other night. They’ll appreciate it because they appreciate you. And let’s say they got along real well with the version of you you and your friend concocted to appeal to this person, what happens when things get serious and they realize it was all a facade? My best educated guess is “WTF?!” is going to be written all over their face as they head for the door. Besides, pretending to be something you’re not is exhausting.”

If you stretch the truth on your profile, you’re going to have to tell the truth at some point in your relationship. Make things easier on yourself (and potential dates) by being truthful right up front. By doing so, you’ll find the right person much faster.

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