When it comes to the internet, it seems common sense to think that the physical distance and anonymity the online world provides allows, even encourages, people to do things they wouldn’t normally do “in real life”.
Perhaps they should have taken note of a survey by which concluded receiving “sexts” is a turn off for women who use online dating – presumably because there is something very unsexy about ignoring the requirement to obtain consent first.
But to assume that these “misguided” attempts at seduction explain the rise and rise of such cyber-flashing tells only half the story.
Users are ranked on the app according to 'trust points', which they can earn by sharing information with the app.
An entry-level trust score would mean at least three photos and a basic bio, which is created through the app's profile builder, which is designed to express the user's personality.
The move comes after it was found crimes associated with online dating have risen by 450 per cent in the past five years.
Sending unsolicited nude pictures could be classed as sexual harassment and land you with a criminal record.
Indeed, unsolicited “dick pics” have become such a problem on online dating services that one site, Ok Cupid, actually removed the capability to send images.
What would possess someone to send a graphic image of themselves without ever being asked for one, or even thinking to check if it might be appreciated?
It then scores the picture and will reject if it detects a certain level of nudity.
“I think the majority of online daters want penis shots and gratuitous body flashing shots to be a thing of the past,” Matt Verity, co-founder of said.
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