Beijing sex dating sites
“The user experience is similar across the apps: you message someone if you like their profile and wait for their response.” Choi presented the results in a talk titled “Looking Online for Love and Sex in China” yesterday at Shanghai’s Datong Mill to an audience that was a mix of local and international.
For gay couples, the shift was more extreme, with the number growing from virtually zero per cent in the early ‘90s to almost 70 per cent in 2010.“We created fake profiles” of a gay man, straight man, straight woman and gay woman – all generically attractive, he explains.“But [we] tried to standardise responses and chat initiations across the board where possible.” Choi and his team spent two intensive weeks chatting to (but never meeting) more than 400 users on China’s biggest dating apps.Some even rushed into a hotel room without a solid commitment from the female avatar, awaiting their mystery woman for a “419” – Chinese slang for one-night stand.
“There was a big difference in how different groups represented themselves,” says Choi.
This made headlines last February when authorities launched a crackdown and a whole host of apps were shut down for “spreading obscene content and allowing registration with false names”.