U.S. negative online dating behavior encounters 2019, by gender

During an October 2019 survey regarding negative encounters on online dating platforms, 46 percent of female online dating users in the U.S. stated that they had received a sexually explicit message or image they did not ask for. In contrast, only 26 percent of male respondents stated the same.

Negative behaviors encountered on online dating sites or apps according to users in the United States as of October 2019, by gender

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

October 16 to October 28, 2019

Number of respondents

total n=4,860

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

total n=4,860

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

% of online dating users in each group who say someone __ on a dating site or app

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