Just ask the woman who unfortunately experienced a totally obnoxious man who swiped right just to call her fat. It was once thought that men were way more likely to troll online than women. A recent study from Lifehacker asked 357 Tinder users to fill out a questionnaire about their online dating behavior and asked “if they had trolled people on the app, sent any shock comments for a laugh, or if they enjoyed ‘griefing’ other people who access the app.” Their research found that women troll online dating sites just as often as men. Sadly, as long as the internet is around there’s going to be trolls.
We might as well learn to handle them with grace, right? Remember back in the day when your parents told you that the reason playground bullies act the way they do is because they feel bad about themselves? Trolls are basically playground bullies with laptops, smartphones and online dating accounts.
The billion online dating industry promises the possibility of a priceless product: romantic love.
Associate Professor Mikolaj Piskorski investigates whether these sites are helping the lonely—or just making life easier for young singles who are popular already.
Tinder connects with users’ Facebook profiles to make a limited amount of personal data available to other users within a pre-set geographic radius.By that logic, lovelorn singletons should apply the same principles to their dating profiles as advertisers apply to a bottle of shampoo competing for attention on a supermarket shelf, according to a study published in 2015 by Sameer Chaudhry, assistant professor at University Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and his colleague Khalid Khan, professor of women’s health and clinical epidemiology at Queen Mary University of London.Chaudhry had good reason to choose this as a research topic. By employing the study’s findings in his own search for a partner, Chaudhry says he finally found the right match. During this period, more than 50 million messages are sent, 5 million photos are uploaded, and an estimated 1 million dates will take place. (Sign-ups for dating apps like OKCupid, which is also owned by IAC, and Grindr rise by 30%-plus around this time of year.) Also see: Rich women like rich men, and rich men like slender women Researchers and social scientists argue that dating and economics have evolved in tandem.“The way we think about online dating has completely permeated the concepts of economics,” Weigel says.