I think we’ve all heard this advice in some form, but now here’s science to back it up.
In a study on online dating, researchers created sample dating profiles and adjusted two different types of information:
- The first type, they called “selective self-presentation.” This referred to the number of positive self statements made in the dating profile. For example, “I have an amazing network of friends,” or “I have a high-level job with multiple responsibilities,” are statements that make the dater look good — bragging, basically.
- The second type they called “warranting.” This referred to the presence of corroborating sites in the dating profile. For example, if the profile had a link to a personal biography page, or a blog the person regularly contributes to — showing, basically.
The researchers found Continue reading