A new study in The Journal of Communication analyzing online dating profiles discovered the ways daters lie about themselves. The researchers concluded that how someone describes himself or herself is about as important as what personal information they share. While the research is not guaranteed to decipher the truth-tellers from the Pinocchios, there are some words and other clues (whether the fellas are aware of them or not) that can help you weed out the liars when you're online dating. Here are seven signs that your potential match may be less than honest:
He Doesn't Mention Food
If a guy's lying about his physical appearance, he'll avoid words like "food" and "eating."
He Uses a Lot of Motion Words
Because lying is more difficult, it's easier to throw in motion words like "walk," "move," and "go."
He Avoids Negative Emotion Words
If he's trying to appear like Mr. Perfect when he's far from it, he's going to avoid negative words like "hate," "worthless," and "sorry."
He Doesn't Use Personal Pronouns
A liar will distance himself from the fake info by avoiding personal pronouns like "I," "me," and "myself."
He Uses Negations
Instead of saying he's happy or excited, a liar is more likely to use negations like "not sad" and "not boring," as well as words like "no" and "never."
His Profile Is Short
Liars tend to have shorter profiles in order to keep the lies they have to remember to a minimum.
He Talks a Lot About Work
While a man who's lying about his weight is likely to use less food and eating-related words, he's more likely to talk about his work success and achievements.