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A few months ago at the gym, I watched in awe from my perch atop a stairclimber as a man pedaling away on a stationary bike below opened up Bumble and proceeded to rapid-fire right-swipe every single profile that appeared on his screen. I had long assumed that this guy must not have been blessed with a particularly app-friendly face, but watching that perfectly inoffensive-looking Bumble biker rapid right swipe to startlingly few matches or at least few immediate matches a few years later, it occurred to me that dating apps might just be a more competitive landscape for men than they are for your average, often match- and message-burdened woman.
While a total of 43 percent of online daters in America reported feeling they do not receive enough enough messages on dating apps, broken down by gender, that percentage shot up to 57 percent of men, compared to just 24 percent of women who felt similarly disappointed. And while a mere 8 percent of men reported receiving too many messages, 30 percent of women felt overwhelmed by the volume of suitors flooding their inbox. Perhaps some of that fatigue comes from the fact that women on dating apps were also much more likely than men to report experiencing harassment on the app, including 46 percent of women who reported receiving unsolicited sexual messages or images from a match.
As Pew Research Center associate director of internet and technology research Monica Anderson noted in an interview published alongside the new report, these findings are consistent with larger trends outside the context of online dating: a Center survey found that young women were much more likely than young men to report having ever received unsolicited images of a sexual nature.
Over half of all online daters in the U. Meanwhile, LGBTQ daters were even more likely to report an overall positive online dating experience. This is all good news, considering the report also found that online dating in America has grown rapidly, with the total percentage of online daters in the country shooting up to 30 percent from just 11 percent back in Love it or hate it, dating apps are proving to be more than just a millennial fadand their effect on the dating landscape is only becoming more pronounced as app culture he into its second decade. In the meantime, the biggest takeaway here for men is: if you want to get more messages on dating apps, maybe stop harassing women on them.
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