Of its 3.3 million UK users, only 6,041 women are seeking an ‘Intimate Encounter’ on internet dating website Plenty of Fish (POF), said founder Markus Frind, who has announced the company will be rooting out fake and sleazy profiles.
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The majority of messages sent outside those age ranges are all about hook-ups," he wrote.
He estimated that 2 per cent of the men had "started to use POF as more of a hook-up site, mostly due to the casual nature of mobile phone use" following the increasing popularity of smartphone apps.
The site has more than 55 million members worldwide and some 24 million messages sent every day, with Mr Frind recently boasting that an estimated one million babies will have been born because of people connecting through his website.
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I got the site to 10 million users without any employees and POF was generating a ton of relationships." Mr Frind, who founded the website in 2003, said he wants it to focus on "meaningful relationships", the Independent reported.
Plenty of Fish now has a turnover of more than million, or £6.6 million, a year.