Since the pandemic, people have been staying at home to study, to work as well as to live. There has been less travel and less meeting of new people. Online communication has become an integral part of most of our lives, but how much do we trust the person we meet online who we have never met in person before?
Research shows that Introvertes or socially anxious people are more likely, to be honest online about their “true selves”, more likely, to be honest on social networking sites, and least honest on dating sites. People tend to lie most about their appearance and least about their personality.
It’s certainly true that it can be easier to lie online than offline, particularly about your physical appearance or occupation. Of all online contexts, these on dating platforms appear the most prone to dishonesty. In general, no matter the setting, people are more likely to lie when looking for a date than in other social situations (Rowatt et al., 1999). Research on online dating sites has shown that men tend to lie more than women.
Social networking sites like Facebook also provide a major source of online interactions with others. It’s difficult to lie about factual information on Facebook unless someone is fabricating a completely fake profile. Some people are more prone to deceptive behavior online than others, such as scammers. When those people try to deceive others, they use fake identities and profiles to get others’ money.
Basic safety precautions should be taken when meeting someone online, just as you would offline, with anyone you don’t know. Trust involves “a feeling of confidence and security”, and is an emotional brain state, not just an expectation of behavior.