YOU BECOME A FAUXPERT
That’s short for ‘ faux- expert’— as in, you think you know everything about a person without actually meeting them. “Often, the first impression you get of someone online is false, because the information is inaccurate,” says Australia- based match making expert Trudy Gilbert. “You can form an unjustified and unrealistic view of someone, which isn’t fair.”
Images run the biggest risk as there’s no context. For example: say a guy asks you out then you find a photograph of him dressed up as Darth Vader. It might have been for his seven- year- old nephew’s birthday party, not a nerd convention as you first thought. Even worse, when you think you kinda already know the guy well ( and in this case, you really don’t), you can end up developing feelings for him. For instance, seeing that he also loves dogs may make you like him before you even meet, which changes how you interact with him versus a complete stranger who you will slowly get to know.