You are only hurting yourself if you misrepresent your appearance
I was discussing this topic with a friend. She’s had a couple of instances where she’s met women on dating websites who misrepresented their appearance. She pointed one of them out to me at a party, while showing me her online photo. The discrepancy was terrifying.
I also know of friends who are fraudulent about their age online. It’s creepy. What these women don’t realize is that word about their stretching of the truth spreads quickly. It destroys their credibility within in the community. They are ruining their chances of even a first date if everyone is on to them.
Ruin your reputation with these online strategies:
I’m sure many women who exaggerate the reality of their age or appearance think it’s harmless. In fact, many don’t realize they are lying at all, but they are. And here are some ways they mislead potential dates online:
Putting up pictures on dating sites that are 20, or more, years old
I had a conversation a few months ago with an ex-friend who complained she wasn’t getting any second dates. I couldn’t avoid spotting her profile on one of the more popular dating sites, so I knew that her stunning profile pic was at least 15-20 years old. Not only was it old, it was a professional headshot.
She no longer looks like the beauty in the pictures. So her dates are expecting one person and getting someone who looks completely different.
In her mid-fifties, she looks like a normal mortal with wrinkles and sagging chin and an expanding middle. And there’s nothing wrong with that, we’re all getting older. She’s still pretty, but she’s not 30 anymore.
But her dates are expecting someone whose movie star pretty. The discrepancy between her photos and what she looks like in person are jarring. It’s easy to understand the lack of interest. It’s a turnoff. It also shows a woman who’s out of touch with the reality of her appearance.
Add to the mix that she was not an easy person to get along with, and she definitely didn’t handle criticism well. Her sparkling personality didn’t help the dating issues.
Pointing out the fact that she was misrepresenting her appearance online would have been pointless. It would have just pissed her off, and it wouldn’t have changed anything. So I left her to it. I didn’t stay directly in touch for other reasons. But to my knowledge, she still isn’t getting any second dates.
Lying on dating profiles so it shows your numeric age incorrectly
I have another friend who presents her chronological age as several years younger than she actually is. She gets away with it because she looks good for her age. But sooner or later it’s going to catch up with her.
Women have an age range of women they’d like to meet for a reason. A 45-year-old may feel ok with a 54-year-old date. She may not feel as comfortable if her date was 59. My friend lying about her age shows a lack of maturity about speaking her truth. It shows a discomfort with the aging process. And it shows a comfort level with just plain lying that that should be a red flag to anyone dating her.
I happen to know this woman prefers much younger women. She likes women that are at least 20 years younger than her. There’s nothing wrong with that if that’s your thing. But taking advantage of potential dates by stretching the truth is never going to end well.
If you lie about your age, then what else are you lying about?
I have a male friend whose boyfriend lied about his age. Two years into the relationship my friend spotted his lover’s driver’s license. Turns out he was almost 60, not almost 50! It almost ended their relationship. My friend felt very betrayed, and he was.
In a wonderful New York Times article that discusses our cultural shame about aging, Ashton Applewhite says, “… trying to pass for younger is like a gay person trying to pass for straight or a person of color for white.” She’s right. How many of us have spotted the 70-year-old trying to look younger by dressing like a teenager?
It’s much easier to go with the flow than to fight Mother Nature tooth and nail.
Lying about your age is a betrayal of trust. Be prepared for the consequences if you get caught. It’s not worth it.
Putting up photoshopped selfies and photos on dating profiles
I know an ex who erases all of her wrinkles before she posts pictures on social media. It occurred to me long after we broke up that the online pictures that attracted me to her were enhanced.
She wasn’t actually lying about her appearance, she was just embellishing a little. I went out with her anyway because she was cute with or without wrinkles – but I caught her embellishing the truth about other things on several occasions. Not being able to trust her eroded our connection.
In the end, it’s about accepting our age gracefully
Meeting new people is tricky enough without starting off on the wrong foot. Part of aging gracefully for all of us is accepting our age. There are lots of hot women in their 50’s and 60’s. Part of their hotness is their honesty and integrity about every aspect of their lives, including their age.
Would you really want to start a relationship with someone who judges you by your age and appearance? Probably not, we want to be embraced for who we are. That acceptance starts within.