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Men fall for Facebook scams more than women

According to a study, men are especially likely to fall for a heinous Facebook scam if they believe that the person at the other end of their laptop is a sexy female.

One thing men learn quite quickly, even when they're little boys, is just how vulnerable they are.

They're supposed to be strong, but on so many emotional dimensions, they are mere putty. It's the desperation to live up to the hype, I fear.

Who can therefore be astonished that men fall for Facebook scams more than women?

According to CBS, a study by antivirus software company, Bitdefender showed that when it comes to Facebook scams, men are something of a pushover.

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Of those surveyed, 64.2 percent of the women rejected, ahem, Facebook friend requests from random strangers. When it came to men, a mere 55.4 percent said: "Not today, thank you."

But here's the real body blow to the male four-pack: men really fell for the friend request if it was accompanied by a cute picture of a very fetching female. Women who were targeted with an attractive picture of a member of their target sex apparently were not unduly influenced at all.

Perhaps women know that looks can deceive.

Men were also more likely to reveal their locations. Silly boys. Bitdefender's social media security manager George Petre, possibly a wise man, was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that women are simply more naturally cautious.

This is possible. Or it could be that women more naturally know that cute people don't just pop up out of the Facebook blue in an altruistic, loving frame of mind.