"Zombie profiles are not fake profiles but rather real but inactive ones still floating around in the dating website or app ecosystem,” says Scott Kominers, a lecturer in economics at Harvard University who studies online dating.
Here's what to do from dating website sign-up to breakup, so things don't get awkward: Almost all pay dating websites will auto-renew your membership unless you request otherwise.
When you sign up for a dating service, look at the payment page’s fine print for information on what automatic payment cycle the service uses and how to pay month to month if that's what you'd prefer.
If you can't get satisfaction there, lodge a complaint with the BBB.
Whether the site is free or paid, when you begin the formal cancellation process, you may be asked if you want to hide your profile or delete it entirely. If you hide your profile, people can't find you through a search, but your preferences, profile text, and other information will be saved in case you ever decide to reactivate your account.
Likewise, evaluating a dating site before using it is essential, and it will bring you that much closer to finding a good match.