How to spot a liar in online dating

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Researchers tell us that up to 85 percent of human communication is nonverbal, conveyed in body position and posture, the tone of voice, and facial expressions.Notice excessive fidgeting, defensive postures like tightly folded arms, pursed lips, covering the mouth with a hand, and grooming behaviors (like playing with their hair or adjusting clothes).

Past research focused largely on the dating profile.

We found that lies could be categorized into two main types.

The first kind were lies related to self-presentation.

The second kind of lies were related to availability management, with daters describing why they couldn’t meet, or giving excuses for radio silence, like lying about their phone losing service.

These deceptions are called “butler lies” because they’re a relatively polite way to avoid communication without completely closing the door on the connection.

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