But our research, published in Personality and Individual Differences, found that some people who use these methods of finding love have a far more antisocial agenda.
They pop out of nowhere, sharing unsolicited dick pics, calling you a whore when you respond and a stuck up bitch when you don't. Here are some of the best responses to creeps on Tinder, OKCupid, and every other form of social media where someone can direct message you a proposition.
And they don't even really have to have a reason to hate or insult someone.
These types of trolls will often pick on everyone and anyone – calling them names, accusing them of certain things, doing anything they can to get a negative emotional response from them – just because they can.
In addition, these internet trolls are likely to be motivated by negative social rewards, meaning they are reinforced by creating a disruptive social environment.
But our new research shows trolls also pose a real threat to online dating, marring a potentially positive social (and even romantic) experience.