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The online dating game is somewhat of a mine-field, with one of the biggest complaints put forward being that the pictures of the people they are dating look nothing like them in real life. 
I suppose it’s somewhat of a blessing that, come Monday morning, after only 3 hours of sleep (our team of Solicitors in Preston are surely not alone in not being able to sleep on a Sunday night?), we can go on snapchat, add a sneaky filter and make ourselves look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for our copious amounts of followers. 
So, are filters really that bad? Or, in this day and age, should we just expect them? Remember the man from Algeria who sued his wife (one day after they got married) for fraud, trauma and psychological distress, after he saw her without make-up for the first time? 

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Well, one dating app is putting its foot (or fin!) down: Plenty of Fish has released a statement to say that they will be banning heavily filtered images from their website. Whilst they have not said how they will carry out this mammoth task, the dating website has said that they will be vetting and removing any images which look unnatural. This comes after a survey carried out by the dating giant, which surveyed 2,000 singles in the US, which showed some interesting results. 
1 – 25% of the singles (so around 500) said that they believed someone using a filter on their profile, meant that they were pretending to be someone they were not, whilst 23% of singles believed that someone using a filter was insecure. 
2 – 70% of the singles believe that heavy use of face filters altering someone’s appearance are deceptive. 
3 – You may find, from your experience on social media, that it’s the older generations who tend to use face filters (our Hope Jordan would prefer if her mum wasn’t quite so snapchat-mad!), however Plenty of Fish’s study found that 9% of singles thought that someone using a heavy filter was immature, and 10% believed that a face filter showed the person was not serious about finding a relationship. 
So, what else did the study look at? 
Well, the study ranked the worst filters (number one being dog ears and tongue, with 22% of people voting in favour of this, and the most-liked worst filter being voted as the deer, with 15% of votes), and the number of people of the focus group who believed that face filters should be banned from dating apps (52%!). 
You can read Plenty of Fish’s full blog post, here, or, save yourself the trouble of worrying about which filter to look, and just don’t use them! 
Luckily, our team of Solicitors in Preston are more concerned about completing your property sale in time for your October move, or making sure your Will is finalised as quickly as possible, so we’re not on-hand to provide you with day-to-day dating advice. However, if you need advice about how dating could affect your divorce, contact our family team on family@mglegal.co.uk or call 01772 783 314. 
Sarah, Sara and Lucinda (and yes, Sarah and Sara can get a little bit confusing!) are all really friendly, and offer a free initial consultation, and home visits by appointment. 
So, don’t delay – make sure your new relationship doesn’t affect your old one today. 
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