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“The Dangers of Online Dating” — (7 Statistics & 5 Ways to Protect Yourself)
Did you know that there are 54 million single people in the United States, and 40 million of them have tried online dating? Keep reading to learn more! You answer questions such as your age, height, eye color, interests, marital status, and personal information about yourself. You have expectations of meeting someone just right for you. It seems quick, easy and painless, and the odds of finding true love are pretty good.
But fake profiles abound, sexual predators use the sites, and some common online dating behavior—like meeting alone after scant acquaintance, sharing personal information, and using geolocation—puts users at risk. A local council member in Manchester, in the north of England, Leech this year launched a campaign to make online dating companies commit to keeping their users safer. Over the past four years, 17 people in the Greater Manchester area have reported being raped after using one of two apps, Grindr and Tinder, according to police statistics obtained by Leech through a freedom of information request. A total of 58 people were victims of online dating-related crimes in those four years, some of them sexual. Is this scaremongering, or is online dating truly putting users in danger?
I love giving advice to others about dating and offing insight into the cons of online dating. Pick up any book on relationships and you can bet it will have a section on online dating, whether it was written by Dr. Phil or the neighbour next door.
6 Reasons Why Looking for a Relationship Online Is a Bad Idea
An online dating site can be a useful platform to meet articulate and interesting people in your area. However, there are real risks and dangers to dating via the Internet. It is helpful and advisable for people considering meeting and starting relationships with people on the Internet to properly research and consider any potential threats.