Personally, I receive more messages from guys hitting on me than I do from people looking for professional advice or opportunities. While we don’t have exact numbers (Linked In declined to comment for this article), plenty of people we talked to had encountered a Linked In connection taking advantage of the site’s, um, alternative uses.
Sometimes it feels like I can no longer trust my Linked In inbox: Like, I’ve been sent dick pics via Linked In on separate occasions. Molly Fedick, a dating app expert and editor-in-chief of Hinge’s official blog, IRL, says that though she thinks using Linked In as a dating app is totally inappropriate, she can understand why someone would do it.
And how do you know when a friendship is turning into a romance?53% of single people have created a dating profile.And today, 40% of singles have dated someone they met online, while only 25% met a first date through a friend.“The hottest guy from my high school slid into my Linked In DMs. For Emilia and Dave, Linked In was the first step to finding a long-term romantic relationship.He lives in NYC too, so he reached out to me being like, ‘OMG, I heard you live here too, we should get together sometime and grab a coffee,’” she recalls. Does he actually wanna professionally connect, or is he trying to bang? As Emilia was approaching graduation from the University of Connecticut, she realized she had no idea how to get the professional experience required to qualify for an MBA program.Marie (who asked that we not use her full name), 23, knew her neighbor was married.She also knew—from fights she could hear through their building’s paper-thin walls—that his relationship with his wife was on the rocks., biological anthropologist and Chief Scientific Advisor to Match."Millennials are diligently using technology to find love—and building new dating rules and taboos along the way.“Linked In has the lowest barrier to entry and is the least ‘risky’ social platform to connect with someone,” she says.“If you get rejected, you can always default to, ‘Well, I just wanted to connect for professional reasons.’ This is why I think people use Linked In to ‘test the waters’— they view it as less aggressive than a Facebook or Instagram request.”If it is a certifiable trend, it's both interesting and problematic.