Study: Women are less likely to recognize fake photos

Partner exchanges on the Internet are becoming increasingly popular. The most important thing when looking at the profile is the photo. If you don't present yourself well, you usually don't have a good chance of making contact. That tempts quite a few to edit their profile picture accordingly and thus change it. A recent US study showed that women appear to be more gullible.


Women can be influenced more quickly by fake photos. Image: stockpics - fotolia

Petra R. has been looking for a new partner for a few months. Various online partner exchanges are also used for this purpose. She has already been able to gain initial experience. “Most of the time the men look different when they first meet than on the profile pictures. Not infrequently more overweight ”. And yet she always falls for it. Apparently, most women feel like Petra.

Anyone looking for a partner online wants to present themselves attractively. How a beautiful photo arrives, explains the “pharmacy look around” with reference to a study by researchers from the University of Connecticut (USA). These showed 305 young people portraits of a man and a woman. The photos were available in an unchanged and an edited version. Men rated the beautified person as more attractive, but also as less credible. Still, they would have preferred to meet the better looking person. Women found the optimized men's version more beautiful and more believable, the researchers sum up. (sb)

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