But though more men than women use online dating overall, it seems that some major dating websites successfully subvert this trend.
In general, more men than women use online dating—some 13% of men compared to 9% of women in the United States, according a Pew Research Centre study in 2013.
Men also use their dating accounts more, according to a 2010 study of online dating published in American Economic Review (pdf): Men view three times more profiles than women, and send three times as many first-contact emails.
Ashley Madison is an extreme example of this male-heavy ratio.
e Harmony creates a barrier to entry by asking all members to fill out a lengthy questionnaire before joining, while both e Harmony and Match users show their seriousness by paying for a subscription.
One dating app, The Inner Circle, has banned women in London from joining for one month, to try and even out its gender ratio.
Roughly 60% of the app’s 18,000 UK members are female, and further women will be blocked from joining until Oct 2.
The Inner Circle bills itself as an elite app and screens all applications.
These days, lots of dating apps pull your information from Facebook, allow you to add some additional stats, and get started on swiping and messaging from there, which means that the social media juggernaut is practically a requirement for online dating.
But whether you're ready to delete your account or you never had one in the first place, there are plenty of dating apps that work without Facebook.
Meanwhile, a 2015 study of the 91 million people who use location-based digital matchmaking apps, such as Tinder and Hinge, found that 62% of users are men.