So the lies we tell online have the potential to be far more all-encompassing than anything we could get away with in person.
Despite that, most online lies, like most offline lies, are subtle, representing people’s attempts to portray themselves in the best possible light, with slight exaggerations (Zimbler & Feldman, 2011).
When I have my own undergraduate students read about the “true self” research, many are shocked by the results, having believed that the Internet was rife with dishonesty.
The idea that people could be, in some ways, genuine online than off strikes them as counterintuitive.
These ratings were then compared to personality ratings made by strangers who only viewed the subjects' Facebook pages.
Strangers’ perceptions, based on the Facebook pages, showed a greater correspondence with the actual than ideal personality ratings, suggesting that Facebook profiles reflect actual and not idealized selves.
In addition, those high in the trait of are more likely to be dishonest on these sites.
In all aspects of their social lives, self-monitors are concerned with outward appearance and adapt their behavior to match the social situation.
It’s certainly true that it can be easier to lie online than offline, particularly about your physical appearance or job.However, research suggests that while slight misrepresentations on online dating sites are quite common, major lies are actually rare.Online daters realize that while, on the one hand, they want to make the best possible impression in their profile, on the other hand, if they do want to pursue an offline relationship, they can’t begin it with outright falsehoods that will quickly be revealed for what they are (Toma et al., 2008).Online daters tend to be most honest about their relationship history, religious and political beliefs, education—and hair and eye color (Toma et al., 2008). Social networking sites like Facebook also provide a major source of online interactions with others. Back and colleagues (2010) compared people’s real personalities with the personas they projected online, asking subjects to rate both their own personality and their "ideal" personality.Their offline close friends also rated their personality.
One survey of over 5,000 users of online dating sites asked them to rate, on a 10-point scale, how likely they were to misrepresent themselves in areas such as appearance and job information (Hall et al., 2010).