Also related to Toma, C. & Hancock, J.T. "What lies beneath: The linguistic traces of deception in online dating profiles. Journal of Communication." (2010)
Dr. Martina Hřebíčková had presented the poster "Regional stereotypes do not reflect personality traits of real people" at the ASSOCIATION for RESEARCH in PERSONALITY 2nd Biennial Conference / Riverside, California / June 16-18, 2011
"The research compared profiles of personality traits based on ratings of regional stereotypes with self-ratings of real people. The five-factor model of personality operationalized in National Character Survey was used as a framework for rating of regional stereotypes as well as selfrating. Altogether, 987 university students from different parts of the Czech Republic were asked to provide self-rating and to rate personality traits of a typical inhabitant of three regions of the Czech Republic: Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. To assess the similarity between profiles of personality traits, intraclass correlations (ICC) were counted. First, we determined whether there are differences between the particular regional stereotypes. The results showed differences in ratings of a typical Czech, Moravian and Silesian. However, respondents from the three parts of the country agreed in their perception of the given regional stereotype. Personality traits of a typical Czech (inhabitant of Bohemia), Moravian and Silesian bore no resemblance with the Czech autostereotype (a typical representative of the Czech Republic seen from the ingroup perspective). The comparison of regional stereotypes with self-report of real people revealed no convergence. The major conclusion from the study is that ratings of regional stereotypes, similarly to national stereotypes, do not correspond with ratings of real people."
For the Online Dating Industry: Never, but never ask daters to describe themselves!!!