I even came to learn that “40-plus” could mean “early 50s.” Why do they lie?
Because they want their profiles to turn up in searches done by potential dates.
If you’re a youthful 42 (or even 46), you may know you’re still a great prospect for someone looking for a date in his or her 30s.
So you stretch the truth so as not to be excluded from that person’s search, hoping you can explain away the little fudge later.
According to the Centre for Disease control 19% of all Americans smoke, so if non-smokers prefer to date other non-smokers then smokers are searching on a dating market that is roughly one quarter of the size of the non-smoking dating market.
The marriage data suggests that people do tend to end up with people who have similar smoking habits as themselves.
I won't even consider dating a non-smoker or an anti. So I don't know anything about dating a non-smoker who likes smokers.
More and more non-smokers are finding smokers sexy and anti-smokers not.
My son told me yesterday that he doesn’t think he will be dating this year since he refuses to date any girl who smokes. I wonder if the group of girls that I see collected outside of his school in the morning having one more smoke before the school day begins realize that because of their habit they are missing out on a real catch. And since here in Paris (where I live at the moment) smoking is so prevalent, these girls may never need to worry that they are limiting their prospects on the dating market just because they started smoking when they were twelve.
Smoking habits do matter on the North American dating market, though, and online daters seem to recognize that.
A recent study on lying in dating profiles found that the characteristic that people reported being most dishonest about is their smoking habits.
Unlike other qualities that people might be dishonest about, like adding an inch to their height or taking five pounds off their weight, there are real costs to being in a relationship with a smoker (particularly in terms of health), costs that non-smokers can simply avoid by finding themselves a non-smoking partner.