Sometimes, dating profiles seem too good to be true. Sometimes, you’re scrolling away, happy as Larry, wearing a dressing gown and covered in chip crumbs, and you think… hang on… why are other people so put together?
Why are all these attractive human beings coming up on my feed? I mean, are there fake profiles on Hinge?
Firstly, let me just say, have a bit of confidence in yourself! You clean up great. Yeah, maybe it’s time to get a haircut and change out of the dressing gown, but we’ve all had a tough couple of years.
And you would hardly put dressing gown and chips crumbs selfies on your Hinge profile would you, whether you’re looking for a serious Hinge relationship or just some fun. Secondly, though, there are fake profiles on Hinge.
Although the site tries its best to avoid fake users, some people slip through the cracks.
Hinge doesn’t use photo verification like some other swiping sites, but they do verify through phone numbers and have real mods behind the scenes checking profiles.
In fact, some Hinge users have even found themselves on the site. That’s either some slippage between alternate universes, a scammer, or a bot!
So, if something seems a bit too good to be true on Hinge, it might be.
Keep your wits about you, and don’t give out personal information before you meet someone.
I mean, why would someone need to know your Mother’s maiden name and what bank your current account is with? That is not a good flirtation technique!
Are There Bots on Hinge?
Now that we know there are a few fake profiles on Hinge, you might be wondering what sort of fake profiles.
Are they people messing around, are they scammers, or are there bots on Hinge?
Let me level with you here okay, there are bots everywhere!
Getting yourself on a dating site with a paywall and a solid dating pool, like Eharmony or Zoosk, lessens your chances of running into a bot but no site can totally get rid of them.
You’ll be glad to know, though, that these bots ain’t exactly Terminator. Bots are essentially chat algorithms according to Medium.com.
They’re trying to get personal info from you, but they’re not going to be great conversationalists! You can tell a bot if the conversation happens too fast after a match (like, seconds after.
Bots don’t play it cool.) or is… well… robotic. Ask an unexpected question, and a bot is likely to get confused.
Whether or not someone is a bot, you probably shouldn’t be too casual with what you tell matches on dating sites.
And if Arnold Schwarzenegger with half his face off turns up on the date? Yeah… that’s a bot.
Which Dating App Has the Most Fake Profiles?
So, we know that all dating apps have both fake profiles and the odd bot. But which dating app has the fakest profiles?
In some deeply unscientific surveys by Which.com, Lovestruck.com and Tinder both rank high for supposed fake profiles.
This info is all self-reported though and based on opinions about what looks fake.
All the same, it’s likely that a very popular and free-to-use site like Tinder has a fair few fake profiles, so keep your eyes peeled!
You’re likely to find fewer fake profiles on paywalled sites. Especially, I’m afraid, on slightly more expensive paywalled sites!
Part of what you’re paying for is excellent moderation and a barrier for entry that puts off most scammers.
How to Tell if Someone is Real on a Dating Site
Maybe all this has freaked you out. You’re doing up your dressing gown, brushing off those chips crumbs, and thinking, ‘what’s the point?’ and ‘Should I just give up?’ you’re wondering how to tell if someone is real on a dating site.
It’s really not too hard to tell if someone is real on a dating site. Firstly, if their photos look flawed and normal, well, they’re probably real.
You can also ask some open-ended questions it would be hard for a bot to follow to check, and, if you’re really suspicious, do a reverse image search on their profile picture.
I know, it seems a little mad, but how many episodes of Catfish could have been prevented before they started with a simple reverse image search?
I hope you don’t run into many fake profiles on your dating journey, but you’re well prepared now if you do! And the best way to avoid them?
Well, find the one and get off the apps! Try my quiz to find the best dating site for you to do just that.