Quartz asked the dating sites below for their most recent gender ratios, but only Match and e Harmony replied.The other figures come from 2008 demographic reports by media measurement service Quantcast.The Inner Circle bills itself as an elite app and screens all applications.Chief executive David Vermeulen believes this selection process has attracted more women.Therefore, it’s a target-rich environment for serious, commitment-minded men. At e Harmony, not only are the odds good—the Goods are usually good, too.
(They also reject Basically Gay/Lesbian Human Beings on-site, an issue e Harmony finally resolved at Compatible Partners.net, which uses e Harmony’s questionnaire, matching criteria, and emphasis on serious long-term relationships—enabling commitment-and-monogamy-minded LGTBQ men and women to skip hookup sites.
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.
So although the e Harmony website used to claim “roughly equal” numbers of men and women members, and a company spokesperson admitted, under regrettable pressure from one Love Scientist, to a “slight female skew” in the membership (while refusing to divulge specifics)—I don’t believe it for one hot minute.
Not only has every e Harmony member I’ve known (or been) concluded that there are many more women than men available at the site—but evolutionary psychology would predict that very thing.