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.Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.Today, 12% of 55- to 64-year-olds report ever using an online dating site or mobile dating app versus only 6% in 2013.Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
But experts, law enforcement officials and private investigators warn that the world of internet romance is fraught with peril, ranging from liars to sexual predators and even murderers, who hide their motives behind seemingly innocuous virtual identities.
In February, My Space was forced to cancel 90,000 accounts on its site that authorities revealed were linked to registered sex offenders.
It was a fraction of the 130 million users of the site, but a significant percentage of the more than one million registered sex offenders in the United States.
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Still, we can’t say that online dating is dangerous – at least it is not more dangerous than ‘regular’ dating. Many women who use online dating are most afraid to meet one of the above mentioned freaks and/or serial killers. Meanwhile men said they are afraid of commitment and of women who won’t allow them free time or to meet with their friends whenever they want. New couples usually tend to wait 6-8 dates until they ’get to know each other better’ – if you know what I mean :). New couples usually break up in 3-5 months after they got together.