These numbers shouldn't surprise anyone, but online dating among young adults has tripled in the last two years, according to a new Pew Research Center study. That means 27 percent of young people are finding dates online, as are 12 percent of people close to retirement age. Although there are no hard numbers on your chances of online dating seriously hurting you, Pew's 2013 study did find that over half of adults using online dating felt someone seriously misrepresented themselves in their profile.
and found that not only is online dating surging in popularity among millennials, but 55 to 65-year-olds are also getting in on the action, with their numbers doubling in the same time frame. Consider that meeting people online not only puts you at risk for physical harm, but also fraud.
Manipulators and liars exist all around us concerned only with their own self-gratification.
Online dating sites are the perfect playground for dangerous men as they have access to numerous vulnerable women who are looking for love and long-term commitment.
The reality is that when you go fishing in shark infested waters the chances of you getting hurt or in some cases killed are highly likely.
Sadly the dangers of online dating are not widely publicised and many ordinary people with genuine romantic intentions approach the online dating websites and applications believing that the person on the other end shares the same genuine, love based values as they do.
Unfortunately, Western society has now normalised searching for love online with no consideration given to the possibility of providing innocent people with access to predators.
It also provides consumers with information about safe dating practices as well as complaint guidelines if they have concerns about an ODA industry member.
Although this is possibly a move in the right direction for online dating providers to establish a code of conduct as well as manage and handle complaints does it provide the certainty that member’s background checks will occur and online scammers will be readily identified?