(PIX11) — Online dating comes with its own set of risks, chief among them being total deception by the person on the other side of the screen.
A company that claims to teach the “skill set” needed to pick up women experimented with that risk using unsuspecting Tindr users, undercover cameras and a couple of fat suits.
Simple Pickup sent a man and a woman out on several dates with people they met through the app.
How the women reacted:
The catch: Their profile pictures showed svelte, bathing suit-clad bodies. But when they finally met their potential amours, they looked very different — a fact that nearly all dates, both male and female, commented on.
“I don’t mean to be rude, but in your photos, you’re a lot skinnier,” said one man, who later complained to the woman that he “wasted” gas and time to meet her.
So which gender was more shallow?
All but one man ditched his date. One asked if she “liked to eat,” another inquired if she was expecting and another excused himself to go to the bathroom and never came back.
How the men reacted:
On the other hand, all but one woman stayed with her date, even though he was rude to nearly all of them at one point in their meeting.
While the social experiment focused on a minuscule portion of the millions of Americans (about 11 percent of U.S. adults) who have used online dating, the results touch on a common experience.
More than half of those who have dabbled in digital dating say they felt their date seriously misrepresented themselves in their profile, according to a 2013 survey by Pew Research Center.