Deception to get a date

  • Rowatt W
  • Cunningham M
  • Druen P
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Two studies examined whether some people use more deceptive
self-presentation to initiate a dating relationship. Participants
reviewed information depicting prospective dates and
constructed-profiles to be used by the prospects; to select a date. In
this context, high self-monitoring man and women engaged in more
deceptive self-presentation to the person that they desired to date than
low self-monitors. Study 2 replicated this finding with a variety of
personal dimensions and revealed that high self-monitors hold more
favorable attitudes toward using deception in dating initiation and
admit altering their self-presentation in an attempt to initiate a date.
No sex differences in the amount of deceptive self-presentation were
found. These outcomes suggest that high self-monitors behave in a
chameleon-like fashion during dating initiation strategically and
deceptively changing their self-presentation in an attempt to appear
more desirable to the person they want to date. Motivations for using
deception are discussed.

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  • Wade C. Rowatt

  • Michael R. Cunningham

  • Perri B. Druen

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