In general, more men than women use online dating—some 13% of men compared to 9% of women in the United States, according a Pew Research Centre study in 2013.
Men also use their dating accounts more, according to a 2010 study of online dating published in American Economic Review (pdf): Men view three times more profiles than women, and send three times as many first-contact emails.
Quartz asked the dating sites below for their most recent gender ratios, but only Match and e Harmony replied.
The other figures come from 2008 demographic reports by media measurement service Quantcast.
Meanwhile, a 2015 study of the 91 million people who use location-based digital matchmaking apps, such as Tinder and Hinge, found that 62% of users are men.
On the other hand, since fewer women send first messages, men may have comparatively emptier inboxes, and may need to send first messages to quite a few women to get the replies they want.
The good news is that men and women look for love online in about equal numbers, so your odds of finding someone perfect for you should be pretty good, whether you’re male or female.
Ashley Madison is an extreme example of this male-heavy ratio.
Prior to the July hack, the adulterous dating website claimed that 30% of its clients were female.
Andrew Colman, professor of psychology at the University of Leicester, told Quartz that this dynamic fits with conventional gender roles, explaining: Even in these relatively progressive times it still seems to be an unspoken convention that it’s up to men to ask for a date and women to agree or refuse.