Answer key: Honesty and Online Dating

Lesson Plan:   Is Your Online Date Telling The Truth?

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. interact |ˌin(t)ərˈakt| verb [no object] act in such a way as to have an effect on another; act reciprocally: all the stages in the process interact | the user interacts directly with the library.
  2. anonymity  |ˌanəˈnimədē| noun the condition of being anonymous: most people who agreed to talk requested anonymity.
  3. venues  |ˈvenˌyo͞o| noun the place where something happens, especially an organized event such as a concert, conference, or sports event: the river could soon be the venue for a powerboat world championship event.
  4. proliferation  |prəˌlifəˈrāSH(ə)n| noun rapid increase in numbers: a continuing threat of nuclear proliferation.
  5. deceptive  |dəˈseptiv| adjective giving an appearance or impression different from the true one; misleading: he put the question with deceptive casualness.
  6. correlate |ˈkôrəˌlāt| [no object]  verb  [with object] establish a mutual relationship or connection between: we should correlate general trends in public opinion with trends in the content of television news.
  7. dishonesty |disˈänəstē| noun (plural dishonesties) deceitfulness shown in someone’s character or behavior: the dismissal of thirty civil servants for dishonesty and misconduct.
  8. honest |ˈänəst| adjective free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere: I haven’t been totally honest with you.
  9. trustworthiness |ˈtrəs(t)ˌwərT͟Hēnəs| noun the ability to be relied on as honest or truthful: he has to prove his trustworthiness to you | reliability and trustworthiness are important assets in politics.
  10. authentic |ôˈTHen(t)ik| (abbreviation auth.) adjective –of undisputed origin; genuine: the letter is now accepted as an authentic document | authentic 14th-century furniture.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I  – 3- is

This cynicism is mistaken.

II – 2 – were

LinkedIn résumés were less deceptive.

III – 2 -a

Lying online creates a heightened repetitional risk.


Reading Comprehension Identify The  Speakers

Psychologist Michelle Drouin. She asked people to estimate the percentage of people who were always honest on social media.

Communication Professor Catalina Toma.  This person found that about 80 percent of participants with online dating profiles lied about their height, weight or age — but usually only to a very small extent.

Communication researchers Jamie Guillory and Jeffrey Hancock. This team conducted a program where participants made either a traditional résumé, a LinkedIn profile that was publicly viewable or a LinkedIn profile that was viewable only by the researchers. It turned out that the rates of lying were roughly equal in all three groups (about three lies, on average, per résumé).