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).This time, a federal judge threw out the case, on the grounds that Match makes perfectly clear in their terms of service that they do not screen member profiles, nor will they take any responsibility for doing so.
Match was only marginally better, coming in at 93.1% inactive.
This means that 19 out of 20 profiles on these sites are either past members who aren’t around anymore, or non-paying members who can’t respond.
And don’t take it personally if most of the people you message never reply since they may be not even be real. There are some sketchy people out there, and the online dating sites can’t do much about them.
While we’re on the topic of fake profiles, let’s talk about the rise in scams.
Please note that a complaint submitted through the online platform will not be considered unless you have raised it with us first.*Data based on an extrapolation from Ipsos survey conducted from 17th-22nd December 2014, among a representative sample of 2000 persons aged 18-75 in the UK, which has been combined with the total population of this age group (Source Eurostat 2015).3% of interviewees claimed that they have ever been in a relationship with someone they claim to have met on Match.
We are a member of the Online Dating Association (ODA) which was set up to ensure high standards of behaviour by dating service providers serving the UK.In other words, even if the allegations that most of their profiles are inactive or fake, Match is not obligated in any way to remove them.So if you’re new to online dating, prepare yourself for disappointment.OKCupid was acquired by Match in 2011, and that article has since been taken down (for obvious reasons).Of course, putting something on the internet is kind of like catching herpes: once it’s there, it goes away. Now, given that OKCupid was talking some serious shit about their competitors, you’re probably thinking that article should be taken with a grain of salt. if not for the scads of other evidence that online dating sites do in fact juice up their numbers.The ODA Code of Practice is binding on members of the Association.