A recent UK study has shown that many women simply underestimate their own weight by quite a significant amount (the average was 5lbs). Women between the ages of 35 and 39 were the biggest culprits and with that age range having a strong representation on dating sites, we may suddenly begin to see why so many women appear somewhat lighter online than they do in person. In case you were wondering, men also underestimate their own weight, although by a bit less (3lbs on average). It’s not clear yet why people do this, but as it seems reasonably common we should probably take anyone’s self assessment of body type with a grain of salt, especially during this time of year when the Christmas dinners weight heavy.
Another point to consider is the fact that both men and women seem perfectly fine at assessing their own height, another aspect of physical appearance that is a point of contention online, especially when it comes to men. Men are notorious for adding a bit of height, so if someone is not as tall as he appears online, you can therefore assume it was a conscious move on their part. Sneaky, yes, and often pointless, but sometimes such white lies are the only way for some men (and women) to get a date in the first place. 9 times out of 10, this date won’t lead anywhere (as the person on the other end was looking for someone taller), but every once in a while there’s a spark – chemistry – and then you may find that some things are actually more important than height or weight.