Online dating is more difficult for men than women

New data from the Pew Research Center reveals men feel less satisfied with the amount of attention they receive on dating apps

Dating apps might are a more competitive landscape for men than they are for the average, often match- and message-burdened woman.

New data from the Pew Research Center’s recent deep dive into the state of online dating today seems to confirm this theory. According to the report, Pew’s comprehensive analysis of the online dating landscape, men report being significantly less satisfied with the amount of attention they receive on dating apps compared to female swipers.

43 percent of online daters in America reported they do not receive enough messages on dating apps.

Broken down by gender, that percentage is 57 percent of men, compared to just 24 percent of women who felt similarly disappointed. And while a mere 8 percent of men reported receiving too many messages, 30 percent of women felt overwhelmed by the volume of messages flooding their inbox.

Some of that fatigue comes from the fact that women on dating apps are also much more likely than men to experience harassment on the app: 46 percent of women reported receiving unsolicited sexual messages or images from a match. Harassment on the apps is an even bigger problem for young women, with 57 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 34 saying they’ve experienced sexual harassment — twice the number of male users in the same age range who reported the same.

However, over half of all online daters in the U.S. reported a somewhat or very positive experience, with negligible difference between men and women.

Online dating in America has grown rapidly, with the total percentage of online daters in the country shooting up to 30 percent from 11 percent in 2013.

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