“Out of 5.5 million female accounts, roughly 0% had ever shown any kind of activity at all, after the day they were created.
The men’s accounts tell a story of lively engagement with the site, with over 20 million men hopefully looking at their inboxes, and over 10 million of them initiating chats.
Most so-called “free online dating sites” or “freedatingsites” aren’t actually free.
Normally what the sites offer is a free trial period of say three days, or the opportunity to create a free profile.
The women’s accounts show so little activity that they might as well not be there.” The report, which as of this writing has notched nearly 2 million pageviews, caught the attention of news outlets and celebrities, alike.
Comedian Bill Maher took to his weekly HBO show Not surprisingly, Ashley Madison bristled at those claims.
Meanwhile, Newitz has acknowledged that there are “possible explanations for these data discrepancies.” It’s also possible that her interpretation of the information was indeed incorrect, as Avid Life argues.
Avid Life Media declined to comment beyond its initial statement.
“Last week alone, women sent more than 2.8 million messages within our platform,” Avid Life said in its statement.
If you have a profile other members can see it and contact you.
Usually this includes the ability to send you messages.
What’s more, Newitz said, just 2,409 women used the Ashley Madison chat platform.
“Overall, the picture is grim indeed,” Newitz wrote.