I mean I’ve never gotten creepy pm’s, but otherwise, I really agree. It’s my cup of tea though, so I like it. I understand why you’d dislike it though. Still, r/needafriend is nice, and there are other people-meeting subreddits. Just throwing the suggestion out there :)
If you really don’t like it, definitely try Omegle, either PC for video chat or phone for text chat. Both are good.