Can internet dating dangerous
Here are five facts about online dating: Online dating has lost much of its stigma, and a majority of Americans now say online dating is a good way to meet people.
When we first studied online dating habits in 2005, most Americans had little exposure to online dating or to the people who used it, and they tended to view it as a subpar way of meeting people.
Something that isn't often mentioned, however, is that scammers and con men also frequent community and dating websites specifically to take advantage of that loneliness.
Over time, there are more and more emergencies, more reasons for the scammer to ask for money, and soon enough the victim is broke, possibly even in debt.
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.
"On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog," quips one dog to another in the famous "New Yorker" cartoon by Peter Steiner.
The pithy statement encapsulates the enjoyable side of Internet anonymity -- but says nothing about its dangers.
In addition, one out of every five singles in the United States has dated someone they met online.