Gross misrepresentations about education or relationship status are rare, in part because people realize that once they meet someone in person and begin to develop a relationship, serious lies are highly likely to be revealed. Many people continue to see it as a last refuge for desperate people who can’t get a date “in real life." Many couples that meet online are aware of this stigma and, if they enter into a serious relationship, may create false cover stories about how they met. A common belief is that love found online can't last.
As far as the demographic characteristics of online daters, a large survey using a nationally representative sample of recently married adults found that compared to those who met their spouses offline, those who met online were more likely to be working, Hispanic, or of a higher socioeconomic status—not exactly a demographic portrait of desperate losers. Because online dating hasn’t been around that long, it’s hard to fully assess the long-term success of relationships that began on the Internet, but two surveys have attempted to do so.
More than 40 percent of men try this tactic, confessing they wanted to make their job sound more prestigious.
But wait, one third of women do this too, saying they wanted to make their job sound more glamorous. Americans lie more than Britons, by 9 percentage points.
The particular survey analyzed for that paper oversampled homosexual couples, who comprised 16% of the sample.