Some dating sites employ bots to make their user numbers look higher, or to make their male-female ratio seem more balanced, Isaac Silverman, the founder of the online dating app Teased, explained to me.
Or, on the flip site, bot creators might heavily these sites thanks to the volume of people they can reach.
Once you match with a bot on a dating site, it might try to sell you an online game (see the Castle Clash fiasco), lure you to a pornographic site, or generally convince you to sign up for something you probably don’t want or need.
Usually the bots are pretty obvious in their endeavors. With no sales pitch and definitely no “Hey, I’m a bot!
” responses, would you be able to tell the difference?
😑😑😑 You may fancy yourself savvy, but even the savviest of daters have fallen victim to bots on occasion.
Consider an incident that happened last year, in which a man on OKCupid decided to feed all the chats he received from his female matches into Cleverbot, one of the more advanced online chatbots.
This meant that “his” responses were really Cleverbot’s responses. To see if women would know they were talking to a robot.
The man kept a log of each conversation on his blog, “Girls Who Date Computers.” Naturally, media loved the blog.
(Women, not so much.) While using Clever Bot as a stand-in didn’t find him a mate, from women’s responses, many did not suspect “he” was a bot—just kind of a weird guy.
A friend recently came to me with a problem: He was chatting with a sexy blond woman on Tinder and couldn’t tell if she was a real person.