Statistics on online dating

Browsing profiles isn’t nearly as time-consuming (or daunting) as mixing with people in a social context.

Statistics suggest that about 1 in 5 relationships begin online nowadays.

Let’s be honest, the internet is really just a super elaborate and sophisticated farce designed to distract you from having your pockets picked by greasy conmen in cheap suits, right?

Not quite, but it is full of unscrupulous vendors looking to separate you from your money by whatever means possible (in other news, have you heard about the secret to getting killer abs in less than 7 minutes using this 1 weird trick…? Scams have been around as long as the internet (possibly even before…).

Of course there are pitfalls and tripwires in every sphere of life, but this may be particularly true in the context of online dating.

There are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of online scams, and I’m not going to run through any in detail here, but do some research before you go giving your bank details to ‘Nigerian princes’ promising ‘fun moments’.

Never mind the fact that more than one-third of all people who use online dating sites have never actually gone on a date with someone they met online, those that somehow do manage to find someone else they are willing to marry AND who is willing to marry them (a vanishingly tiny subset of online daters) face an uphill battle.A total of 53% of US participants admitted to having lied in their online dating profile.Women apparently lied more than men, with the most common dishonesties being about looks.As a matter of fact, you should probably be wary of any person, group or entity asking for any kind of financial or personal information.It might even be advisable to follow these general guidelines: Set up an anonymous email account from a widely used email service ([email protected] already taken) NEVER give out your home phone, address or your personal email address, unless you absolutely trust the recipient.

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