Furtherore when most academic papers are analyzing what characteristics are associated with contacting and being contacted by others or with replying to another’s initial message, they work generally with contacts replied at the first message too. So one tends to make the mistake of confusing response rates as first message as mate acceptance rates, which it’s wrong. Mate acceptance is not equal to rates of initial contact in which one sent a message to the other and got just a response.
Obviously most recipients refuse to send a response to those senders who don’t meet their physical requirements, so they ignore those they don’t find worthy. Say that you get an e-mail from someone, and you can tell immediately that you have no interest in communicating with that person.
In other words, match or mutual acceptance is definied if two users are sharing personal information (emails, phone numbers, social networking, Skype ID, etc) with the purpose of set up an date
So most people don’t reply at all, ever. Just delete the message. In Internet-speak, this tactic is completely understood to mean Not interested at all, ever.
Others send a short reply saying, Thanks for writing, but I’m not interested. Then they delete the person’s message. If the person continues to write, they don’t answer ( if the person persists, use the blocking feature on their message system for example).
For studing reciprocation, some dating sites such as OkCupid (see OkTrends Blog) or AYI (see Businessinsider) offer us reply rates at the first message, that is, percent the users that respond to an initial message
By the other hand, some people may even extend the messaging exchange with an unattractive prospect, mainly users who usually receive few or no messages from their potentially preferred partners.Read More