Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

Summary:55.4 percent of men rejected suspicious friend requests, compared to 64.2 percent of women. An attractive photo of the opposite sex can decreases that number for men, but not for women.

Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women
Males are more likely to fall victim to a Facebook scam, especially if the predator is a sexy female. The findings come from a recent study commissioned by security company Bitdefender, which surveyed a group 1,649 individuals in the US and UK with adequate knowledge of online security. "Men expose themselves to risks more than women, especially when accepting friendship from unknown persons," Bitdefender social media security product manager George Petre told CBS News.

When presented with a suspicious Facebook friend request, 55.4 percent of men of rejected them, compared to 64.2 percent of women. When an attractive woman's photo was associated with the profile, however, men were more likely to accept the friend request. The same switch made no noticeable difference for women.

Furthermore, 24.5 percent of men allowed their profiles to be searchable by strangers, compared to only 16 percent of women. Men were also less likely to protect their location, with 25.6 percent willing to share their whereabouts, in contrast to 21.8 percent of women.

I doubt these results are limited to Facebook, or even social networking in general. Are women simply more cautious towards the opposite sex, or is there something else at play here?

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Topics: Social Enterprise, CXO, IT Employment

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Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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