According to the Association for Psychological Science, reviewing multiple candidates causes people to be more judgmental and inclined to dismiss a not-quite-perfect candidate than they otherwise would be in a face-to-face meeting. Many of the pictures of the women I have met had much younger pictures on their profile.
I'd guess 5-10 years younger than they actually are. I also agree on most of the points about safety and security for women, but men can be scammed and robbed by women purporting to be interested in them. One other point - why does Psy Today allow comments like those posted? It doesn't matter if the picture was taken 5 years ago because it's the same person. The research indicates that men are initially attracted to a women's looks and women are ultimately attracted to a man's income/stability he may provide.
Before you throw caution to the wind and empty your wallet into the pockets of an online app with the reckless abandon of a love-struck teenager, there are a few things you should know. A study of over 1,000 online daters in the US and UK conducted by global research agency Opinion Matters founds some very interesting statistics.
A total of 53% of US participants admitted to having lied in their online dating profile.
And you neglected to mention that women lie about their age quite often, especially those over 40. I don't know if the relationships last, or why they don't. I go on a LOT of first dates and typically don have second dates... It detracts from your image when you let people advertise in the comments sections. So it's hardly surprising that both try to bend reality in order to entice the "ideal" mate.
Most people meet their significant others through their social circles or work/school functions. In the search for a potential date, more and more people are switching to less traditional methods. With the rise of apps like Tinder (and the various copycat models), who could blame them?
Women apparently lied more than men, with the most common dishonesties being about looks.