Ashley Madison profile data analysis suggests site attracted as few as 12,000 'real' women

By Shawn Knight
Aug 27, 2015
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  1. When the group responsible for hacking extramarital affairs website Ashley Madison decided to release the data it scraped from the company’s database, it suggested that as many as 95 percent of members were male.

    News of the lopsided member pool made the media rounds although as Gizmodo points out, nobody really presented any evidence to back up the claim which is why the publication recently decided to do so. The disparity it discovered was even worse than what The Impact Team suggested.

    The data dump contained the profile information of nearly 37 million users – around 31 million men and 5.5 million women. These stats alone are enough to paint a pretty vivid picture of just how few men likely hooked up with a member of the opposite sex. That ratio of men to women, however, isn’t even close to reality.

    After speaking with a data scientist, the publication set about to compare the male and female profiles in aggregate and to look for anomalous patterns. Examining members’ e-mail addresses highlighted quite a few obvious fakes (,, 300@ashleymadison and so on), as did checking the IP addresses which revealed that more than 80,000 were created locally within the company.

    Other anomalies included the use of an unusual last name for hundreds of female accounts (which coincidentally, was the same last name of a former employee), the fact that only 1,492 women had ever checked their messages on the site (versus more than 20 million men that had checked their inbox at least once) and the fact that only 2,400 women had ever struck up a conversation using the site’s chat system (versus more than 11 million men that had used the chat feature).

    Another field that reveals when a member had last replied to a message from another person on the site was just as telling. Gizmodo found that 5.9 million men had done so while only 9,700 women had.

    All things considered, the publication came to the conclusion that there may have been just over 12,000 actual female members that had used the site. Even if that figure is off by a few thousand (or even a few hundred thousand), it suggests that tens of millions of paying men – no matter how immoral their intentions – signed up for a service to meet women that simply didn’t exist.

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  2. Or they were looking for other men.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    In the meantime, the "moral men" go to a pub to get wasted and hook up with a "real" woman, till the next morning that is.

    There is just about nothing in the modern relationship life that doesn't suck. Happiness is a dumb illusion created by those who just hasn't suffered enough yet.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,162

    Duh. Attractive women who want to cheat just go to the gym or the park and hit up whatever tickles their fancy. Also: Tinder.

    Only dudes are gullible enough to pay for that stuff.
  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,162

    Sounding a little jaded there.
  6. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Booster Posts: 125   +49

    Maybe these figures were published by a woman who didn't want other women to look so bad
  7. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 451   +37

    I can't believe people would actually pay for Ashley Madison, but then again... This is the internet we are talking about.

    I do find it hard to believe that there were only 12,000 women. I'd like to think this stat is skewed, like someone debating the wage gap. Sure the statistics point to inequality, but they are looking at the wrong picture. It would be hard for a site with so many people on it to sustain an active membership with the gender balance so far out of wack.
  8. BeachDogDaytona

    BeachDogDaytona TS Rookie

    That's what Grindr's for.
  9. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 853   +352

    Ashley Madison's fake accounts, remind me of the old AOL fake users...
    Difference, you didn't get a ton of CD's in the mail.
  10. umbala

    umbala TS Addict Posts: 160   +132

    Believe it. The person who leaked all this data was actually a disgruntled former employee, not some hacking team. She leaked absolutely everything the company had, down to the floor plans, payroll, personal e-mails of the CEO, etc. She even leaked the source code of every piece of software this company ever made. She literally uploaded's databases onto torrent sites. The statistics don't lie. There were only ~12,000 actual women who ever interacted on the site (check messages, chat, etc.) So if you want to be really optimistic about it we could assume that a million women CREATED accounts, but there were only ~12,000 whom the records show to have INTERACTED or used the site. Hard facts my friend.

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