A new study, "Quit Playing Games With My Heart: Understanding Online Dating Scams," a collaboration between University College London and Jiayuan, China's largest dating site, revealed the unbelievably creative and involved cons that plague online dating there.The authors of the study analyzed more than 500,000 profiles, drawn from Jiayuan's 100 million users, which the site's employees had flagged as scam accounts.And while by far the most popular of these scams — fake profiles promoting escort services — will be familiar to anyone who uses Tinder in the U.S., the remaining scams could be drawn straight from The Sting or The Grifters.Twenty-year-old Barbara Li, a lingustics majorr from Nanjing University who works at a magazine in Shanghai, told The Times, “I’ve been single all my life.In high school, we were not permitted to have boyfriends.
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A great diversity of online dating services currently exists.
Some have a broad membership base of diverse users looking for many different types of relationships.
In the past girls began pinning up their hair at the age of 15 to indicate they were eligible for marriage. Girls mostly stayed at home and were rarely in the company of non-family members.
In China it is not unusual to find women in their late 20s who have never had a relationship.