17 Lies You Shouldn't Tell On Your Online Dating Profile

Most people lie about these things, but even little white lies can be misleading. Try to spin your traits so you put your best face forward, while being honest too. (18 Photos)

Jenna McCarthy on Nov 3, 2011 at 10:43AM

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17 Lies You Shouldn't Tell On Your Online Dating Profile

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16 Lies You Shouldn't Tell On Your Online Dating Profile

Diving into the virtual dating pool can be tricky business. After all, everyone wants to put their best foot forward -- and sometimes that can lead to a tiny (or tremendous) bit of false advertising. In fact, up to 80 percent of online date-seekers pepper their profiles with less-than-truthful tidbits. (Like using a profile picture taken ten-years-and-forty pounds ago.) A little bending of the truth is fine -- but how far is too far? We asked Pepper Schwartz, the chief relationship expert at PerfectMatch.com and Julie Spira, author and the voice of CyberDatingExpert.com to share tips on the little white lies you'll definitely want to avoid!

I'm 5'7'' (When You're Really 5'4")

Why You Lie: Both men and women frequently exaggerate their height by at least a couple of inches, experts say, because they assume everyone is looking for a tall mate.

Try This Instead: If you’re shorter and want to be taller, try saying this: “I’m 5’4” -- but I always wear heels.” If you’re taller and only open to dating dudes who tower over you (even just a little bit!), state that in your profile to avoid messages from the shorties.

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