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SEXIME – Have you ever been the victim of body shaming or sexist harassment on a dating site? This is one of the questions asked as part of the Ifop study for Badoo, entitled “What singles assume the most (and the least) on dating sites”.

A complete survey, published on May 24 and conducted among a sample of 3,003 people (1,000 single and 1,371 people who have already been registered on a dating platform), representative of the French population aged 18 to 69 years.

This lists themes such as the rate of self-confidence (74% of people in a couple have confidence in themselves, against 63% of singles) or the favorite places to show interest in someone (evenings between friends are on the top of the podium).

In this study, Badoo is not only interested in the essential and light aspect of these dating sites. Flirting behind a screen can also mean being exposed to risk. In total, 62% of the sample has already been exposed to forms of sexist harassment or body shaming (derogatory remarks about the physique) on one of these platforms.

Despite the establishment of content moderators (Badoo has a base of 900 “stop words”) or the possibility of signaling and blocking users, it is possible that derogatory reflections manage to enter the messaging system. registrants.

According to the survey, 46% of those questioned, 39% of men and 56% of women, have already received insistent advances from someone to whom they had expressed their lack of interest. Or, 31% of them have already received derogatory remarks about their silhouette or physical appearance (30% men, 33% women).

It is possible that women are more successful than men on dating sites, but the study reveals that they are also the most affected by the forms of assault. 70% have already been victims of body shaming or sexist harassment on a dating platform, compared to 55% of men.

Among the women victims of obscene remarks with sexual connotations, 50% in total, 61% of them reveal to have suffered from episodes of depression during the last 12 months.

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