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.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.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.If we consider that the likelihood of an encounter grows with more messages received, it’s no wonder both men and women embellish their photos and profiles.I have several really close friends that I greatly admire who stand on opposite sides of the spectrum on this issue.
And across the board, people lie about age, social status, and the like. A survey discovery we found particularly interesting, though, is that liars are more deeply wounded by lies told to them than honest folks are.So, always be on guard when talking with strangers who are a “match” — you now know most of them are not who they seem.With dating sites becoming the norm, I think we should do ourselves a favor and dig into the topic of online dating (especially as we head into this month typically focused on romantic love). Tackling the topic of online dating is a little intimidating for me.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.