While my experiences here were relatively tame, that doesn’t mean it’s the case for every woman.In fact, it’s not uncommon at all for women to be threatened for refusing to send nudes or insulted when they say they’re not interested in the man messaging them.
In this regard, people on dating sites are significantly more at risk of cyberattacks than other users: the ratio of those who experience threats to those who don’t is 41% to 20%, respectively.However, Ok Cupid has many not-so-great users as well, and it’s not uncommon for women to have the misfortune of encountering them, and in the past, I have as well.In total, I received 11 messages with 218 visitors. A few were a little more forward, and two were straight-up aggressive.I spoke to a few friends about their experiences with online dating websites.One friend brought up a message where a man had told her that because she was a ‘woman of size’, she ‘must suck good ****’. Others in the past have conducted similar experiments, setting up fake accounts on free dating websites and recording the messages they received.It’s no surprise that I received nearly twice as many messages on Plenty of Fish than Ok Cupid and Casual Kiss combined.
In total, I received 34 messages, all of which were very nice.
Kaspersky Lab and B2B International jointly researched online dating site users’ patterns of behavior and the threats they encounter.
We found out what type of information users are prepared to share with strangers and why (and about what) so many of them lie. Of our survey respondents, 57% admit that they embellish reality on dating sites.
The messages were all nice, although one user messaged me three times.
Plentyof Fish is perhaps the most popular online dating sites out there, with an estimated 6 million pageviews a month and 76 million users (a little less than the entire population of Turkey).
The same thing happens with women, in that conventionally attractive (slim and young) female visitors see five times as many messages as “medium” women, and 28 times as many as women judged unattractive do.