Women don’t usually need to rely on scientists to confirm information that they already know. The truth is, we experience more harassment online than men—this is a fact, not fiction. But in case you weren’t already aware of this, a recent study from Consumers’ Research concluded, after polling one hundred people, that the majority of women using dating apps experience some type of harassment.
The interesting part came when the researchers determined which apps attract the most unwarranted attention. (Approximately 69 percent of the people that participated in this survey were between the ages of 18 and 22.) Tinder and OkCupid ranked at the top with 39 percent and 38 percent of users, respectively, reporting harassment once, twice, or multiple times. Women experienced less harassment on websites like Match (21 percent) and eHarmony (17 percent).
While lower statistics are promising, all of the sites should be at zero percent. Harassment is not and never will be okay, and users that engage in this behavior should be penalized (and fined). It is unfortunate when women should go out of their way and avoid tools that are designed to make aspects of their lives easier.