But our new research shows trolls also pose a real threat to online dating, marring a potentially positive social (and even romantic) experience.
So we considered the possibility that men were perhaps trolling less frequently on these apps, and thus would have lower trolling scores (akin to women). Women’s trolling behaviour increases on Tinder, and becomes similar to men’s trolling behaviour.
Previous studies on trolling behaviours show that men troll more than women in online forums, gaming and even Facebook.
We found that women and men were equally likely to troll others on this dating app.
This was unexpected, as previous research on trolling has consistently found that men troll more than women.
Results of our study show that internet trolls may troll as a dysfunctional impulse, and cost-free dating apps may offer the perfect opportunity to do it.
So in the quest to find love online and to avoid nasty trolls along the way, you may be better off actually paying for the online dating service, as the financial costs of site membership may deter those impulsive trolls.
Unfortunately trolling is a particularly pervasive behaviour online and it seems that there are few places to hide.
Tinder users should be aware of the potential risks, and the benefits this app would offer to the internet troll.
Supporting the previous research, we found that individuals who trolled on Tinder scored significantly higher on dark traits such as psychopathy and sadism.