POF BLOG - Apr 19 - 72% of extroverts and 75% of introverts have zero preference when it comes to dating either party, revealed a Plenty of Fish survey of 2k users. 48% of survey respondents identified themselves as introverted and 43% of these singles say their introversion has no impact on their dating life. 42% of extroverts think being extroverted impacts their dating life positively and only 26% wish they had more introverted qualities. 81% of introverts and 77% of extroverts prefer someone who will lead the conversation and ask questions over someone who listens and follows other's leads.
KXAN - Apr 19 - Bumble has partnered with Planned Parenthood on a campaign to promote sexual consent. As part of this campaign, Bumble will bring a surprise to the University of Texas at Austin campus next week as part of Sexual Assault Awareness month. The company wants to start a conversation about how easy and important enthusiastic consent is in sexual encounters.
ELENA'S MODEL BLOG - Apr 19 - Elena Petrova, founder & CEO of ElenasModels.com calls on all PID sites (premium international dating sites) to stop PPL. "PPL sites face real prospects of being questioned by federal investigators in the near future and fined for millions for aiding fraud", she wrote in her blog post. "Let's call legitimate media representatives and computer experts. We are ready to open our books, databases, computer code to any legitimate media representatives or federal agency, regardless of whether PPL sites wish to do the same", she continued. "If you cannot make money without scamming your clients, then you should not be in this business."
PPL stands for "pay per letter", a system of communication on "dating" sites where users are charged for every message they send or receive through "credits". The largest PPL company claims 1.3M users and 500 agents that provide content (messages, chats), for which they are paid. Men usually pay $1k-3k for communication with impersonators or fake "brides" during the course of a "relationship". According to insiders, PPL industry turnover exceeds $200M annually, and 30k people are employed in Eastern Europe by agents of PPL companies.
The simplest way to detect PPL scams is to look at the communication abnormalities. PPL fraudsters spam men with mails, sending 400-500 mails and chats invitation daily. Genuine women usually send their first message to 3-4 men only, not hundreds. Most of them prefer that men contact them first. On PPL sites, it’s usually men that get swamped in mails and chats.
MONEYISH - Apr 19 - Zoosk site polled 5,100 men and women to see how protecting the planet factors into someone's attractiveness, and 78% of people said they want to date someone who cares about the environment. So tossing garbage onto the ground is a deal-breaker for 74% of them, followed by unnecessarily wasting food (32%), leaving the lights on (17%) and not recycling (17%). 92% of Americans are worried about the future of our planet, according to a recent Harris Poll.
THE NATIONAL - Apr 16 - There are "enormous" money-making opportunities in online dating, says Victor Anthony, managing director of Internet and media at Aegis Capital. "Players with scale will continue to dominate the market, but there are also opportunities for niche operators to compete as well." One such niche operator is Muzmatch, a dating app for Muslims based in Aldgate, central London. The company was set up four years ago by Shahzad Younas, a former investment banker at Morgan Stanley, and software engineer Ryan Brodie, with the aim of helping young professional Muslims find partners within the community. It is backed by Hambro Perks, a venture firm co-founded by City veteran Rupert Hambro and former investment banker Dominic Perks, which backs British businesses with global ambitions. In January, Muzmatch raised £1.5M to expand internationally. Joining is free, but users can opt for a premium subscription which costs £19.99.
BBC.CO.UK - Apr 17 - A survey found nearly half of millennials are now using dating apps to boost their confidence, instead of romance. Among the 26M daily matches that Tinder claims occur on the app every day, only 7% of male users and 21% of female users send a message. Clinical psychologist, Dr Jessamy Hibberd believes that dating apps could be addictive due to the dopamine rush people can get from getting 'likes' and matches.
THINKNUM - Apr 17 - Tinder is often in the top-10 apps people are logging into using Facebook. Despite recent news about personal data that was leaked via Cambridge Analytica, it seems single who are looking for love are swiping away regardless. After a one-day lull on April 5, 2018 (almost all Facebook app logins were down that day), Tinder jumped to the 7th-most use app - its highest in all of 2018.
For context, here is Tinder Facebook login monthly rankings for the past few years:
TELECOMPARER - Apr 18 - The Dutch government said it was not able to determine how many fake profiles there were on dating sites. The government said regulator ACM is conducting an investigation into the matter. In general, the Civil Code stipulates that all providers of products and services must provide honest information so that consumers can make a good decision.
SEEKING ALPHA - Apr 17 - Buy and hold MTCH for at least three to five years. Here's why:
BLOOMBERG - Apr 17 - The League connects educated, affluent millennials. The app initially targeted Bay Area singles, and has now 300k active users and a 500k-person waitlist. The app has expanded into Pittsburgh, Tampa, and Orlando. The League has no shortage of competitors. Luxy bills itself as the No. 1 dating app for millionaires. Raya calls itself a "private, membership based community." Sparkology describes itself as a "curated dating experience for young professionals" and accepts members only by invitation or referral. More Americans are seeking spouses with similar levels of schooling, a pattern known as assortative mating. Couples in which both members had at least a four-year degree made up 14.7% of all married people in the U.S. in 2015, up from 1.9% in 1960, when far fewer women attended universities.
by Jeanna Smialek
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WIRED.CO.UK - Apr 16 - Dating app Bumble has changed its login system that lets users register and login without sharing information with Facebook. Despite the change, people can still login to Bumble using their Facebook account. "Many of our users and prospective users asked for an alternative registration method," says Louise Troen, Bumble's VP of International Marketing and Communications.
VOX - Apr 16 - President Trump has signed into law a set of controversial bills intended to make it easier to cut down on illegal sex trafficking online. Both bills - the House bill known as FOSTA, the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, and the Senate bill, SESTA, the Stop Enabling Sex-Trafficking Act - have been hailed by advocates as a victory for sex trafficking victims. But the bills also poke a huge hole in a famous and longstanding "safe harbor" rule of the internet: Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act that allowed the internet to thrive on user-generated content without holding platforms and ISPs responsible for whatever those users might create. But FOSTA-SESTA creates an exception to Section 230 that means website publishers would be responsible if third parties are found to be posting ads for prostitution - including consensual sex work - on their platforms. "This bill jeopardizes not only classified ads sites but also dating apps, discussion forums, social media sites, and any other service that hosts user-generated content," said Emma Llansó of the Center for Democracy & Technology in a public statement opposing the bill. "Smaller platforms will also face the real risk that a single lawsuit could put them out of business."
THE MOTLEY FOOL - Apr 16 - Momo shares jumped 9% on March 7 upon the release of fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 earnings. The company continued to benefit from growth in live video services, which, at $328M, accounted for 85% of total revenue during the quarter. During March, shares also continued to benefit from Momo's announcement that it's acquiring privately held Chinese social and dating app provider Tantan. Momo will pay $600.9M in cash and fork over 5.3M newly issued Class A ordinary shares in the transaction.
NEW YORK TIMES - Apr 15 - With hashtags like #Iamgaynotapervert and images of hearts and rainbows, tens of thousands of Chinese residents took to social media over the weekend to protest efforts to censor gay-themed images, videos and cartoons. Sina Weibo, a Twitterlike site, said that it was trying to limit the spread of sexually suggestive and violent content and that it would target cartoons, pictures, texts, short videos and romantic fiction. The site said its aim was to promote a "clear and harmonious" environment. Many activists saying that its attempts to limit free speech had gone too far and that gay people were being punished because their culture was considered out of the mainstream. Ma Baoli, the founder of Blued, a gay dating app, said the country's lack of sexual education had exacerbated a culture of intolerance.
DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - Apr 14 - SeekingArrangement promises to bring together 'sugar babies' and 'sugar daddies'. But an investigation by The Mail has revealed that some young British women are selling – or even auctioning – their virginity. Psychologist, intimacy coach and author Dr Lori Beth Bisbey said it was 'disingenuous' to suggest sex wasn't part of the SA deal.
INDIAN EXPRESS - Apr 14 - Betterhalf.AI was launched by Pawan Gupta and Rahul Namdev in 2016. The app applies a six-level verification system adding Facebook profiles, personal email, phone number, work email and government ID. The idea was conceived by the duo while they were searching for their life partners on different matrimonial and dating sites. Pawan, who is CEO, claims the platform currently is used by ~1k users on a daily basis and is growing at 100% week on week, with majority from the age group of 25-35 years. Users answers 16 personality questions, which are used to find suitable matches. As they interact with users, their matches improve over time.
FOX NEWS - Apr 14 - Pro-Gun Dating, which now says it has 10K users, "aims to connect like-minded patriotic Americans who cherish and believe in our Constitutional right to bear arms". "It's a place where gun owners can meet, talk, and not feel like they're forced to hide their love of firearms", says CEO Laura Clark.