Even if we ignored the horribly outdated image of the sexes that it projects, it seems like a spectacularly short sighted approach to dating: the chasm between expectations and reality on a first date can be so wide as to kill any fledgling relationship dead upon first meeting.

All of those hours spent subtly alluding to your wealth will have been wasted as soon as you meet your date and suddenly forget which tax bracket you’re supposed to be in.

But are you really remaining single by choice or because there are internal conflicts that prevent you from connecting to someone on a deeper level? [Read More...]Are you stuck in a job that no longer satisfies you? Are you thinking about starting your own business but don’t know what it is or where to start?

I wanted to become that kind of person, whatever 'that' was, so I projected 'that' image and hoped someone would come along and cultivate sophisticated tastes in me.

However, while using dating websites as a kind of set of resolutions to be a better person is sweet and misguided but probably forgivable, lying about unavoidable truths about yourself is an altogether different matter.

I confess it: I am always writing one-liners about myself online.

I have spent 10 internet-literate years defining myself to strangers on the internet (dating sites, forums, blogs, chat rooms) through pithy, articulate sentences carefully constructed to present myself as a paragon of humanity.

She can be found tweeting @Jo Barrow The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.

How will the story stack up against the greatest films about business?Moving on, internet dating has experienced something of a renaissance recently; it’s even been claimed that one in five marriages across the world started online. The temptation to smooth out the 'rough bits' in our personal profile with some innocuous white lies is irresistible. In my own online dating experience I would always have long pleasant chats with a series of charming men only to balk at the idea of meeting them in person.So if that’s the case and it’s popular and successful, what’s the problem? I've never met up with anyone off the back of a dating site. It’s probably because my grasp of French experimental psych-pop is not nearly as exhaustive as it would seem when Google is but a tab away, nor is my skin as flawless as the flattering filter on my camera might suggest.That overwhelmingly women lied about their appearance and men lied about their income, according to the survey, reveals more about what we think about the opposite sex than anything else, and probably only helps to perpetuate these countless myths about What Women/Men Really Want.If you’re not actually slender, go on a date with a man who is attracted to svelte women and expect to have your negative ideas of what men fancy confirmed.According to the survey of 3,000 adults, by uk, nearly half the men asked have lied about their job or salary in order to improve their chances at finding love; meanwhile almost half of women lied about their weight or body shape. When you fill out an online profile for anything, you’re doing it with the intended audience in mind, or at least you should be if you’re playing the game smartly. This is particularly true in online dating, where you’re essentially describing your most desirable self, but specifically angled in such a way to attract your ideal partner.