Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

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.

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Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than womenMales 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

Emil Protalinski

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he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • RE: Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

    Spammers have known this for decades (OK, a decade). Every bogus "add me to your IM contacts" request I get has a female name attached to it, as does almost all spam in my inbox. The easiest way to get a guy to do something stupid is to get him thiking with the little head instead of the big one.
    dsf3g
  • RE: Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

    This doesn't surprise me. I handle spamming issues for corporations and do some virus removal blogging from time to time and I can say from experience that I constantly deal with a lot more males than females. I don't know why that is but it is. I refer them to the <a href="http://www.bestantivirus2012.com" target="_blank">Best Antivirus</a> blog all the time so they can stay protected. Its like these AV companies should have all male spokesmen.
    reviewsgirl
  • RE: Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

    Men become retards in an instant they see a female
    OxBAADFOOD
    • RE: Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

      @HalfAKilo small addendum ... SOME men become retards .... you'd be surprised how many do not ...
      Ludovit
    • RE: Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

      @HalfAKilo

      It's a VERY SAD comment that SO MANY men are SO WEAK as to fall victim to the HUGE number of women that are SO psychopathic/sociopathic in their mental makeup as to feel that ALL they need to do is to present themselves by posting an attractive photo - in this case of ANY attractive female (usually NOT EVEN resembling themselves in ANY way, shape, or form) to draw the attention - i.e. sucker in the unsuspecting males - to not only draw the dedicated attention of the classically weak male - but also to obtain the dedication and obsession of said males to follow their leads - regardless of what steps they may suggest for the males in question to not only follow in order to obtain the rewards they hint and promise in reward - but also any and all steps they might suggest as leading to whatever rewards that they might promise as a result for following the teases they lay out in the email/IM messages that they offer up front in the build ups to the promised/suggested scenarios that they offer to those who fall in line and fall into the lock steps they suggest/offer as the trade off and reward scenarios for their compliance to the VERY attractive offers they lay out as an exchange for their playing along with the scenarios they may be requesting in order to earn the rewards they are "promised" if only they follow the "suggestions" made by the females who have so carefully planned out the exchanges that they demand from their unsuspecting male pawns... ;-)
      It is simply TOO bad that there are SO many ignorant males around who will ALWAYS FALL for these age old schemes !!!
      And AGAIN... We find ourselves back to the SAME scenarios of always being made the fool...by the simple matter of thinking with the smaller of the two heads that God placed on the body of EVERY male... It REALLY SUCKS that the SAME SITUATION continues to arise time after time... ;-)
      exhitechhobo
  • RE: Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

    Blahahahahahaha
    I am a guy but you have to be real stupid to fall for that.
    MoeFugger
    • RE: Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

      @MoeFugger Ergo men are stupid (I can't believe I said that...ergo I am stupid)
      Bradish@...
  • RE: Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

    This isn't surprising news. Men have always thought less then women when it comes to attractive members of the opposite sex and yes women are definitely more wary of men than men are of women.

    "Furthermore, 24.5 percent of men allowed their profiles to be searchable by strangers, compared to only 16 percent of women."

    What do you mean here? Most Facebook profiles are searchable. It's how much you can see, when you find it is the important point.
    bradavon
  • RE: Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

    Ha. Although I am male, I'd rather be gender-neutral. I've met a blind girl while I was at the Daytona Beach Rehabilitation Center about 6 to 7 years ago (I am visually impaired) and her face kind of attracted me a lot and I've became a friend of her. I don't know why but when it comes to women, I'd rather be cautious and distance myself from her. Well, right now, I don't have any girlfriends, but that does not bother me at all. It makes me less likely to accept any friends when it comes to social networking.
    Grayson Peddie
  • RE: Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

    I've read the other comments. Most men here are trying to contest the result.. what's the point? I mean, this is statistics, of course it doesn't apply to all men, it doesn't apply to me, but fact is it applies to a lot of us.
    cameigons
  • RE: Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

    Because women don't wakeup with boners every morning ( :
    WhoNeedsChevronsToCommand
    • RE: Sex sells: Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

      @WhoNeedsChevronsToCommand
      WhoNeedsChevronsToCommand