Intimate Encounters on POF can be summed up as a bunch of horny men talking to a bunch of horny men pretending to be women."There had been speculation since last fall that this decision was coming after users suddenly noticed that they could no longer search for Intimate Encounters.

"POF is all about relationships, I'm going to make a bunch of changes to ensure it stays a relationship-focused site, " Frind said.

However, as an online dating coach, I question whether the site was ever one that attracted relationship-seekers to begin with.

Plenty Of Fish.com, which holds the #1 dating site ranking in multiple countries including the U.

One of theses features, Intimate Encounters (IE), was a subset of Plenty of Fish for those explicitly seeking sexual partners without having to shoulder the burden of a relationship.

To make a dating site work, the site must first have viable options for people to date.

In the case of Intimate Encounters, Frind said, "There are 3.3 million people who use the site every day, of those there are only 6,041 single women looking for Intimate Encounters.

Of those 6,041 women, the ones with hot pictures are mostly men pretending to be women.

S., is one of the only top-ranked sites that allows members to not only register, but also to search and message for free, deriving more of its revenue from advertisers.

Due to the low barrier for entry this leads them to attract more casual daters.