When it came to dating in New York as a 30-something executive in private equity, Dan Rochkind had no problem snagging the city’s most beautiful women.
“I could have [anyone] I wanted,” says Rochkind, now 40 and an Upper East Sider with a muscular build and a full head of hair.
But it will almost certainly leave your date feeling disappointed, which is sure to get things off to a bad start.
Some people also exaggerate their age, interests or accomplishments to make themselves seem more interesting — as well as enlisting their funniest friends to ghostwrite their bios.
Kittenfishing, on the other hand, is when dating app users embellish the truth and present themselves in an unrealistically positive light — to try to draw in potential lovers.
Saying you’re a few inches taller than you really are, deliberately using old photos or posting heavily filtered pictures might seem harmless.
This leaves little room for the victim to assess if they are being manipulated or to see if the other person is genuine – particularly if contact is fairly constant, either over calls or through texts.