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Posted on Sat, May 25, 2013 15:06

Communication professors Catalina Toma (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Jeffrey Hancock (Cornell University) have done work to detect the language patterns shown by online liars.  Toma and Hancock used a computerized linguistic program which analyzed profile descriptions.   By crunching the numbers and types of words the online daters produced, the computer found some revealing clues to lying.

 

  1. First, online liars avoided topics they lied about.  For example, if they lied about their age they avoided that topic. If their weight was incorrect they omitted food-related words.  If their photos were not accurate, they deflected the profile to work, material things, or accomplishments.
  2. Second, liars used fewer words (generally speaking). The less said, the less likely they are to be caught in a lie.
  3. Third, liars avoided negative expressions of emotion. They sought to portray a positive self-image.  So, the profile seemed upbeat.

 

Now the two professors did a secondary experiment to see if people could catch the liars.  In short, they found people did a poor job of detecting liars compared to computers.  Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., a Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst took Toma and Hancock's study and provided four recommendations:



  1. Longer is better. An internet profile with greater detailed self-description is likely to be more truthful.  In fact, the more detailed a person's profile appears, the more truth worthy it tends to be.
  2. Look for consistency.  Check to see if one part of the profile is different than another. As Professor Whitbourne states, "they should be able to provide back-up evidence somewhere else that confirms it. Don't just read an online self-description from top to bottom. Go back and double check within the profile to make sure it all fits together." She even suggest considering a good Google search.  Sites such as Pipl, PeekYou, YoName, and Wink allow you to search their username.
  3. Recognize that liars avoid negative emotions. If someone is trying to manipulate you, they will avoid negative statements.  They will give you positive platitudes to make you feel warm and fuzzy.  They don't want you to feel uncomfortable. If it all seems unrealistically positive, it really is.
  4. Watch out for the "we's." A liar will seek to put you on an even par with words like "we" and "us". An unusually high number of first-person plural pronouns may signify a profile that is intended to make you feel emotionally close to the liar.

Source:

Toma, C., & Hancock, J. T. (2012). What lies beneath: The linguistic traces of deception in online dating profiles.. Journal of Communication. 62:78-97.

Whitbourne, S. K. (2010). The Search for Fulfillment: Revolutionary New Research that Reveals the Secret to Long-term Happiness. Ballantine Books.

 

 



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Posted on Thu, May 30, 2013 02:12

Thank you very much for the blog. I"ve also always had the suspicion of people where they don't actually have any content on their profiles, then what is the point? This space has been provided for you to share a little about yourself and surely then someone that will be taking this seriously will take 10 min out of his lunch break or toilet break or whatever and fill in some information :))

 

I have also not so long ago dealt with Scamster and he refused to share pictures with me, so that is also another thing to watch.



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Posted on Mon, May 27, 2013 16:42

"You can't count on "verified members" not to be scammers either.  Jut a word of caution.  All "verified" actually means is that they paid for their membership, nothing more"

absolutely wrong, i had to email my passport, DL, income tax return, my corporate papers, my university diploma, so no, verified means verified



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Posted on Sun, May 26, 2013 16:46

i got verified too but most of "sounds too good to be true members" refuse to do it when i ask and dissapear



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Posted on Sun, May 26, 2013 16:44

what about verified members?



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Posted on Sun, May 26, 2013 12:30

Excellent article.  There are also numerous other ways to spot a scammer.  And, of course, time and experience help as well.


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Posted on Sat, May 25, 2013 15:26

Great article i have met so many fake profiles and scammers online its epidemic. Even my ex is here on line and posing as a great person only he doesnt tell them he has a restraining order against him. I have yet to acept a date from any most conversations last a few days and i move on.Rarley do I even give them a call and make it past the email's most are on line looking for sex and plenty are falling for it.

Thank you for taking the time to post this.



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Posted on Sat, May 25, 2013 15:21

On a side note, it took me 5 minutes to verify my age, income, education, picture, and job.  I'm not sure why other men are not doing the same.  All I needed was my cell phone, take a picture of the items, and send it to MM.  Boom.  It was done.



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