“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.”Some people, indeed, many people create for themselves an on-line persona that is markedly different from their own. This may be because they think their personality is too mundane so they spice it up a little.
This is always a bad idea for a few reasons. First, it keeps you from developing as a person, as the on-line personality takes over. Second, when you finally meet someone, you are disappointed. My guess is the vast majority of e-harmony users understate their weight, overstate their intelligence, and don't mention that they still live with their mothers. Norman Bates' on-line profile would probably look pretty normal.
Then again, a few select people are exactly the same way in person as they are on-line. Those people are a gift. Above is a picture of a group of gifts. Especially the redhead in the middle.