Master Yoda wrote:+1
I'd say the entire online dating/sex industry needs to be investigated and cleaned up, and where applicable criminal charges be laid against the owners of these sites, but I can't see this happening anytime
definitely the pay for sites need to be regulated...tbh I think the biggest problem with pay for sites is not fake profiles BUT dormant/dead profiles...real profiles where the people simply are not using the site anymore because they have found someone/given up.. of course the site is not going to willingly clean up their site as a HUGE amount of profiles will simply not exist and it can be disheartening to find out there are only 10 actual real life women in your area genuinely looking for a partner.imho ANY profile of a woman on a site for more than 3 months is either dead/dormant or if the profile is active the woman is an attention whore or deluded perfection seeker...probably 1 month is more realistic nowadays
I'd say ALL dating/or sex sites need to be regulated, paid or free, not that there many true free dating sites around.
You have made a good point about dormant profiles that should be removed by the dating sites, but I have to respectfully disagree with you regarding the issue of fake profiles. As it has now been revealed, the creation of fake profiles is one of the main reasons the internet dating industry has such a bad name, and the recent Ashley Madison hack is further evidence of this, in addition to the BBC documentary. Also, in addition to fake profiles created by the site owners to suck in unsuspecting men, you have the issue of webcam whores, Nigerian scammers etc, who use online dating sites to target their chosen victims.
Not that I can see this happening anytime soon, or at all, but this is my proposal on how the on line dating industry needs to be regulated, as history has clearly shown the industry cannot be trusted to self regulate itself.
1) The particular online dating site, must set up an office (and they have the money to do this), where any new member must present themselves in person and positively identify themselves with a photo drivers license, passport, birth certificate etc, no positive ID, you DON'T get signed up. This measure would eliminate the webcam girls, Nigerian scammers, attention whores etc, plus this would eliminate the tactic where someone posts an out of date photo that was taken 15 years and 15kg ago. ie. the photo would be a current one.
2) The online dating site must be honest about the true gender ratios of their respective sites, for example if their site has say 200,000 members, then it must give an accurate as possible break up eg.110,000 men, 90,000 women. If most unsuspecting men realised what a total sausage/cock fest all on line dating/sex sites are, no man in his right mind would sign up (unless he is a good looking Chad/slayer).
In saying this, I am not suggesting that in any shape or form that the said online dating/sex site must guarantee every member a partner/s, absolutely not, because at the end of the day it's both the man and the woman's decision if they are attracted to one another, and whether they wish to engage in any kind of romantic/sexual relationship. However, an online dating/or sex site should ensure that all profiles are real people who are genuinely using the respective dating/sex site for the purpose it was intended for.