Dangers of online dating websites
Using the Internet for love, or at least sex, is a becoming a staple of modern life.
More than one in five Americans between ages 25 and 35 have used an online dating site or app according to Pew Research."Swiping right," as Tinder users do to signal interest in other profiles on the app, is already slang.
The hack, first reported on by British outlet Channel 4 News last week, reportedly resulted in the information of nearly 4 million members of Adult Friend Finder leaking onto an online forum frequented by hackers.
In addition to sexual orientation, the data allegedly revealed included e-mail addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes, the unique Internet addresses associated with users' computers and whether members were looking for extramarital affairs.
Pros: Access to more people and more types of people.
The most obvious benefit of these websites is that they provide easy access to thousands of potential dates.
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.
This can mean you rush into things, and relationships may move quicker than you expect.
It appears to be the most popular way of finding your “match” these days. You are bored and want to meet a man, but don’t know where to meet one, so you sign up with an online dating service.
You post your photo, write a paragraph or more about yourself, and/or complete their questionnaire.
It seems quick, easy and painless, and the odds of finding true love are pretty good.
Every year, 280,000 marriages that take place are attributed to online dating services.