Dangers of online dating websites
Unlike singles in the '70s, who cruised bars and discos and risked looking for love in all the wrong places, tens of millions of singles each day join and log on to online dating sites with the belief that their efforts to find love and companionship are safe and secure.
But the apparent murder and dismemberment of Ingrid Lyne, a 40-year-old Seattle-area mother of three, has sent shockwaves throughout the cyber-romance world, with many begging the question: Is anyone safe?
Here are 16 scary statistics of online dating to put the world of online dating into perspective when it comes to the reality of the person behind that profile. Sorry, but we don’t judge our potential mates on personality alone. One out of 10 sex offenders use online dating to meet other people – Uh… The book by Diane Mapes In the online dating world, women are afraid of meeting a serial killer.
It’s OK ’cause only about 3% of online dating men are psychopaths! e Harmony mentions that a study found that men who reported incomes higher than 0,000 received 156% more email than those with ,000. In 2005 alone, 25% percent of rapists used online dating sites to find their victims.
Makes sense: “I work in the entertainment industry”…Dude, you sell tickets at the local theater. According to MSNBC, research shows that 11% of people using online dating services are married. In 2011 alone, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center lodged 5,600 complaints from victims of “romance scammers” with collective losses of over fifty million dollars.
BUT, it’s suspected that these numbers are much less than actual as many people are too embarrassed to come forward. Each year internet predators commit more than 16,000 abductions, 100 murders and thousands of rapes, according to Internet Predator 13. 33% of women who have sex on the first online dating encounter, of these, 4 out of 5 women did not use protection. An alarming 51% of online daters are already in a relationship of some kind.
So, how do you protect yourself when you try online dating?
THE COMPANY ALSO DOES NOT INQUIRE INTO THE BACKGROUNDS OF ALL OF ITS MEMBERS OR ATTEMPT TO VERIFY THE STATEMENTS OF ITS MEMBERS.
In fact, a third of those surveyed said they falsified their information so much that it prevented them from getting a second date.” 9.