One clue might be Momo’s user base, which is 84 per cent male and which Choi’s research found to be overeager.
“We created fake profiles” of a gay man, straight man, straight woman and gay woman – all generically attractive, he explains.
“But [we] tried to standardise responses and chat initiations across the board where possible.” Choi and his team spent two intensive weeks chatting to (but never meeting) more than 400 users on China’s biggest dating apps.
“The user experience is similar across the apps: you message someone if you like their profile and wait for their response.” Choi presented the results in a talk titled “Looking Online for Love and Sex in China” yesterday at Shanghai’s Datong Mill to an audience that was a mix of local and international.
The findings, given colour by chat screen grabs, were an uncensored insight into how Chinese app users express their desires, interact and present themselves online.
The guys making this product should take a look at Actiongirls to get a better idea for this genre.
Would have been worth it if the girls were completely naked and better looking!
While Choi’s team didn’t “follow through” any of these chats, they gauged what people wanted. The most obvious seemed to be that the likelihood of finding sex online in China is vastly higher for a gay man than for a gay woman or straight person of either sex.
Many straight women were unresponsive to flirting, chatting or even invitations just for a coffee, leading Choi to conclude that straight men, even the handsome ones, seem to lose out easily online.
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