While we’re on the topic of fake profiles, let’s talk about the rise in scams.
To date, Match has been involved in a spate of lawsuits by disgruntled daters, alleging that the vast majority of their member profiles are inactive or outright fake.
One suit went as far as to accuse Match of employing shills to entice members to renew their subscriptions.
These cases were all dismissed or dropped, but the most recent one in 2011 did produce disheartening results (well, disheartening for online daters – the results were great for Match).
Still, you might want to pay attention to this story, of the woman who went on a few dates with a man she met on Match, only to end up getting stabbed multiple times by him when she tried to break it off. Alright, let’s say you’ve weathered the pitiful response rate, and you’ve slogged your way through the dredges of humanity. Maybe you’ll send a few messages back and forth, and you’ll realize you’ve met someone truly special.
You maintained your optimism, and lo and behold, you finally get matched up with someone who’s attractive intelligent. Or maybe – just maybe – the person you’re corresponding isn’t actually the person whose photos you’ve been daydreaming about.