India as a whole has no problem with fertility — the country's ratio of 2.48 children per woman is well above replacement.
Several Pink News readers in the UK have reported conversations with what they thought were real guys, only to realise that they were bots.
When Romanian leadership changed in 1989 the brutal policy finally came crashing down, but at 1.31 children per woman, the fertility rate is still well below replacement.
Singapore has the lowest fertility rate of any country in the world, at just 0.81 children per woman.
A Grindr spokesman told Pink News: “Grindr is definitely aware of spambot activity and security improvements are a top priority for us.
In fact, we devote significant engineering resources and expertise to addressing the spambot issue.
He told Pink News: “It’s not a natural conversation flow – so it seems supicious but equally it its convincing enough to be real.” One Twitter user questioned why, if trying to convince Grindr users a bot was a real man, would they name him Herbert.
The reader, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had received the same set of messages more than once, and that he realised he was not speaking to a real person when he began receiving responses not lining up with what he said.
Demographers suggest that a country needs a fertility rate of just over two children per woman to hit "replacement fertility" — the rate at which new births fill the space left behind by death. The problem got so bad that in 2007 Russia declared September 12 the official Day of Conception.Users pointed out that one way to spot a bot is that their height is often listed as under 3 foot The bots, after sometimes convincingly carrying out a conversation, try to lure the user into clicking on a spam link to a fake webcam site.Some readers wrote in to point out that the bots often have a very small number listed under height, usually just over two feet.One Twitter user tried an unusual method to discover that the guy was not real “When you get it the second time – you’re like ‘what?!-I’m sure I’ve had these messages before'”, he said.