But even then, it’s risky business because you’ve already invested so much.
Imagine telling her several months down the road, after you’ve put a lot of time and energy into the relationship. For example, studies show women are more comfortable with round numbers, so they're much more likely to search ages 30-40 than 32-42.
Since almost everyone else is doing it, does that mean you should too? And I’ll explain why slightly bending the truth can be a good idea in a minute…But before you go off on a creative writing spree and invent The New You, remember this: Online dating is just a means to an end.
Let’s say you subtract 9 years off your age and right after the cups of coffee arrive, you say “Hey, by the way, I’m actually 49, not 40.” What do you think will happen? Your chances of getting a second date are slim to none.
If you want her to stick around, you’re going to want to wait until you’re damn sure she’s really into you (or – ideally – in love with you), and that number is something she’s willing to look past.
Not remotely sheepish, he simply said it was a “gent’s prerogative to lie about his height” then suggested they share a four-pack of Foster’s on a park bench. Adding inches elsewhere also seems too tempting for some blokes to resist.
I recently got an Ok Cupid message from Steve, 35, who says in his profile: “You may notice from my pics I’m fortunate to be very exceptional in the trouser department. Steve may be hung like a walnut in winter but on Ok Cupid he is suddenly Steve The Wonder-schlong.
So if your displayed height implies you look Le Bron James right in the eye, but you show up to the bar looking more like Peter Dinklage, you'd better be one of the world’s finest at digging yourself out of holes. Not only is it stressful to keep up the charade, but the bigger the lie, the more difficulty you’ll have down the road.
The last thing you want is to waste hours and hours of your time crafting a new online persona that comes crashing down like a flimsy pile of cards the minute you meet her face to face. One question I’ve heard a lot about this topic is “When is the right time to come clean?This could help you find other social media profiles or if the photo has been used elsewhere online. But bosses at United – whose main shirt sponsor is Chevrolet, paying £53million a year – have ruled out a shirt deal with Tinder.A United spokesman said: “We are not in discussions with Tinder for a shirt sleeve sponsorship.He was wearing a Euro 2004 T-shirt in his profile pic — taken, it turned out, at the championships. He was completely bald when he bowled into the pub and a good four stone heavier.This is what online dating has given us — the nasty surprise.Since women are already thinking in round numbers, that 32 year old has probably made up her mind that she’s not open to dating men over 40.