Despite the preponderance of false information in profiles, dating sites continue to be extremely popular; 32% of all Internet users use 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.Married men are the most likely to lie: 67% of them say they lie when filling out their profiles or communicating on the website.Married users lie primarily to hide their marital status.It seems dishonest users understand better than honest ones how much the truth can change someone’s online profile.Turns out, many users (16%) present themselves dishonestly in the hopes of looking better to potential partners. Data from the large dating site Ok Cupid indicates that men who are rated more attractive by female visitors to the site (i.e., men who are taller, more well-built, and who have a good job) received 11 times as many messages as lower-rated men.Such fears are not unfounded: 55% of visitors to dating sites have encountered some kind of problem related to their use of the services.Problems can be manifold, from unpleasant conversations to real cyberthreats. Many visitors to dating sites and users of dating apps still do not consider them all that reputable and thus don’t want their friends or family to see their profiles.
Mastering the basics of an online profile requires mastering the first impression.
According to our research, 5% of visitors hide their dating activity from their partners, and another 3% try to discover if their partners or spouses are using a dating site or service.
There is no quick fix to this window dressing, unfortunately.
Think of it as a nickname of sorts—something that identifies you without divulging your actual name.
Avoid a lazy first name and series of numbers type of username (John G2324, for instance).