Although the world of romance is seemingly defined by its entropy, the online dating realm does have a few certainties: If you request more pics, you probably aren't looking for a long-term relationship, same thing if you're on Grindr, and, according to a new study, if you have an overly sexy pic, you probably aren't trustworthy.
Only yesterday, a court heard how a group of women using were allegedly conned out of £220,000 by a gang posing as ‘attractive middle-aged men’.
If you've used a dating site or app like Ok Cupid or Tinder, you'll have noticed the hundreds of fake profiles that exist on the sites, seemingly designed to make you hand over your profile to scammers.
Dating sites are, thankfully, getting better at spotting who is using their service to send thousands of spam messages.
It's pretty easy to tell: They send the same message over and over, often with the same link.
But there's a type of dating site scam that's far trickier to spot, and the people who operate it claim to be making thousands of dollars every month fooling vulnerable men.
When I wrote my own profile, I painstakingly chose the photos that I felt best represented me, and I spent quite a bit of time crafting my profile. The photos are sometimes blurry or off center, or they’re trying to be sexy but, well, they’re just not. Here are eight cats who give these careless humans a run for their money when it comes to online dating pics. No idea, but I found the trend to be kind of funny after a while.
Look at a dozen profile pics, and at least one will be taken while sitting in a car. Cats would also hop onto the car-pic bandwagon, although theirs would be taken inside a carrier. People actually use some blurry-a** selfie as their primary profile pic, and they think, “This is is one that’s gonna reel in my true love.” They have to think that, because why else would they use it?
Yet, women found beautified photos of men to be both more attractive and signify more trustworthiness when compared to a "normal" photo.
Of course, this study does exclude the LGBT community only surveyed 305 individuals, so its validity can be called into question.
It's not just guns and drugs that are up for sale on deep web sites.
Vendors also list guides on how to commit other illegal activities.