Online Dating: Where Are You Least Concerned About Privacy and Fake Accounts? – Radar

Which dating sites or apps are the most popular and where are users least concerned about their privacy? Where do users most often come across a fake account and how much money do they spend on online dating? Radar conducted a survey of nearly 8,000 respondents.

The most popular dating site among the participants in this study is Lexa, which is used by almost 40 percent of the candidates, followed by Relatieplanet, which is used by 33 percent of the participants. Then comes 50plusmatch with 23 percent of participants, Tinder with 22 percent, Badoo with 19 percent and finally Parship (18%) and e-Matching (16%).

There are many more players in the market. To name a few that were checked by 5 to 8 percent of participants: Knuz, Paiq, Happn, Ourtime, SeniorenGeluk, Pepper and Second Love. Twoo and Match4me were mentioned a lot in the open answers. Where we compare websites, we only mention the online dating services with the most users within the research group, about which the most experiences have been shared.

fake accounts

Nearly 40 percent of respondents say they have definitely come across a fake account while dating online, and another nearly 30 percent have strong suspicions. The majority of these fake accounts are allegedly created by users pretending to be someone else. A third states that they (also) saw a fake account, probably created by the dating site itself. Badoo and Tinder users are the most likely to see fake accounts.

The participants say they were fake accounts because they came across multiple profiles with the same picture but different names. Some felt like they were talking to a chatbot or saw profiles that seemed too good to be true. Some indicate that they also have a fake account, under a fake name and with a photo of, for example, a flower, to protect their personal data.

Read: The company behind Tinder sued for fake accounts in emails

How secure is my data?

Survey respondents are very divided on privacy concerns: exactly half indicate that they are occasionally concerned about the protection of their personal data. The other half is not worried about it. Out of Badoo (66%), Tinder (59%) and Lexa (55%) users, more people are worried than not.

Some participants report that after registering on a dating site, they suddenly received ads and email from other dating sites. This raises questions for them: they are unsure what happens to their data and what information the dating site or app stores. Others state that you are in control of what data you enter and that it is your own responsibility.

Radar Radio has previously been aware of the privacy of e-Matching users. Listen back to the fragment via this link.

Why online dating?

Three quarters of all survey participants joined a dating site in search of a serious relationship. More than a third are (also) looking for a friendship or a companion, 29 percent for a nice date and 14 percent for sexual contact. Others are looking for a dance or hiking partner, for example, or are just curious about what can be found on a dating site. A few are registered because an acquaintance or friend created the account.

More than 80 percent of users of Relatieplanet, e-Matching, Lexa and Parship indicate that they are looking for a serious relationship. On Tinder, almost half are primarily looking for a nice date, and on 50plusmatch and Badoo, more than 40 percent indicate that they are looking for friendship.

Not everyone has actually found what he or she was looking for. On average, 37 percent say yes, 31 percent partly and 32 percent not at all. Relatieplanet scores the highest in this respect: 47 percent of users state that the website has met the goal. On Tinder, users were the least likely (22%) to achieve their goals.

How much money do you have left for a date?

The largest group of respondents (43%) indicate that they do not pay for their profile. Barely a quarter spend less than ten euros a month, another 28 percent pay between ten and thirty euros a month.

Most respondents use Tinder and Badoo for free, 83 and 77 percent respectively. On the other sites, most users invest money, on Lexa and Parship the paying groups are the largest: on Lexa, 78 percent spend an average of up to thirty euros per month on the search for love. At Parship, almost a quarter spend more than 30 euros per month.

Opinions are divided as to whether the websites and apps are actually worth the money. Consensus is strongest among Badoo and Tinder users: of those who have paid for the service, 87 percent of Badoo users and 79 percent of Tinder users think it’s not worth the money. Also at Lexa and Parship, a majority do not think that the service is worth the money. The users of 50plusmatch, Relatieplanet and e-Matching differ the most: half think the sites are worth the money, the other half don’t think so.

Contact a dating platform

According to the participants, it is easiest to cancel your account with e-Matching and Relatieplanet, two-thirds of the participants indicate that it was quite easy for them. On Badoo and Lexa, the majority of participants indicated that it was complicated to close the account.

More than half of the participants have contacted customer service at some point. They are generally not very positive about that. The members of e-Matching are most satisfied with the contact to the website, followed by 50plusmatch. Many participants state that all dating sites generally take a long time to deal with complaints, that no action is taken to report fake accounts, and that many sites do not have a phone number. However, participants are satisfied with the chat features and the courtesy of customer service agents.

Dating when you’re already in a relationship

More than half of participants (55%) speak negatively about websites that cater to people who are already in a relationship, such as Second Love and Victoria Milan. Only four percent are positive about it. Some indicate that they find it pleasant that such sites exist because singles can be found on other dating sites. Others don’t mind as long as it is clearly stated that the participants are already in a relationship. A few indicate that they think similar websites are fine, but don’t think they should be advertised.

An open relationship is okay, but it’s not cheating

Participates in research on sites such as Second Love

Recommendations and Recommendations

We asked all survey participants which online dating services they would recommend or not recommend. Whether they use the website themselves is not included. Strikingly, 211 participants advise against the Second Love website, while only 139 people indicate that they have ever created a profile.

Most respondents recommend or advise against some website. Furthermore, the participants are most enthusiastic about Relatieplanet and Lexa, both sites are recommended by 12 percent of the respondents, 50plusmatch is in third place with 11 percent. Badoo, Tinder and Lexa are the most frequently discouraged by around ten percent of participants.

About online dating research

The survey was conducted between 8 and 28 November 2019 by 7,790 people, mostly members of the Radar Test Panel. This group, spread across the country, is invited every month to about two surveys on consumer affairs. Would you also like to have your experience and opinion counted? Sign up (for free) via this questionnaire.

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