According to the 2016 Online Dating Survey for Consumer Reports, Plenty of Fish was ranked the fourth best online dating service in overall satisfaction, coming in after Ok Cupid, Tinder and Grindr, an app marketed to gay men.
The entrepreneur said that he had decided to scrap the “Intimate Encounters” option on the POF site due to complaints from some of its female users suffering unwanted attention.
In a message sent to all members, he said that only 6,041 of the 3.3 million people who use the site every day are in fact women looking for no-strings-attached trysts – adding “the ones with hot pictures are mostly men pretending to be women.”The computer systems graduate who founded the website - which now has a turnover of more than m (£6.6m) a year - in 2003, said he now wants it to now focus on ‘meaningful relationships.’Mr Frind said: “When I created POF, I wanted it to be all about finding relationships with the right person.
Instead, she was bombarded with sexually explicit photos and messages: “I used to get all sorts emailing me, asking to be my slave and asking for sex.
I met my boyfriend on there and we have been dating since August, so my general impressions are mixed.
You’re only required to complete the chemistry assessment, but there are other questionnaires available to further flesh out your dating profile, and we recommend you take them.
There’s a needs assessment with about 100 questions and a 30-question psychological assessment as well as a keeper test and a sex test if you want to take them all.
Along with answering preliminary questions about your age, race and body type, you’re also asked how long your longest relationship was, your birth order and whether build and lifestyle choices matter to you in finding a mate.
You can then show a little bit of personality in writing a short description of yourself and uploading photos.
With over 55 million members world-wide and some 24 million messages sent every day, Plenty of Fish’s free-to-use membership has made it the most popular internet dating website in the UK and the US since it was founded in 2003.
Mr Frind also recently boasted an estimated one million babies will have been born because of people connecting through his website.
For the first seven years, this worked really well, I got the site to 10 million users without any employees and Po F was generating a ton [sic] of relationships”But Frind said he would now be making changes, adding: “Intimate Encounters on POF can be summed up as a bunch of horny men talking to a bunch of horny men pretending to be women.”In other changes he has curtailed users from contacting members where there are age gaps of 14 or more years.