Dangers of Online Dating (Facts and Tips on How You Can Protect Yourself!)

Are you curious about online dating?

I’m not surprised. Everyone has a success story on how they know someone who met the love of their life through online dating. However, with every success story, there is another story on the dangers of online dating.

We understand, there is definitely a risk of online dating that needs to be talked about.

However, I must also point out that online dating can be very successful if you protect yourself through the whole process. I’ll admit, right before I started dating my husband, I thought about giving cyber dating a try. I had heard success stories of online dating and how they create lasting relationships. I’ve seen it firsthand.

Perhaps the next time your friend suggests that you give online dating a try, or maybe if you see an advertisement from a dating site that is coaxing you to try their service for free, just think about it giving it a try (as long as your single)…

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Why You Should Give Online Dating A Chance Despite Its Risks

Online dating is a part of all of our lives, whether it be watching our friend who met their girlfriend on Tinder get engaged to seeing a commercial for FarmersOnly. Either way, you can’t avoid hearing about it, so why not be part of it (am I right)? Online dating is FIRE!

I don’t blame you for being curious. But I’m sure you have your reservations. I was lucky enough to find the love of my life by reconnecting with someone from high school, but I do know many online dating success stories (one being a family member of mine).

If you want to give online dating a chance, I’d say “go for it”!

However, there are a few statistics that you might want to know that will help you prepare yourself for this new chapter in your life. Because despite what some people say, online dating isn’t like regular dating.

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Statistics on The Popularity of Online Dating

Online dating is POPULAR. There are over 7,500 dating sites worldwide, and Match.com alone has over 23 million users (making it the most popular dating website). Additionally, people on average only spend about $20 a month online, making online dating pretty affordable.

Online dating popularity stats

Statistics That Will Help You Pick the Perfect Online Photo

People are extremely visual.

That’s why it’s important to pick the perfect photos for your profile. The best advice I can give men is to please post a photo where you are dressed nicely. As for women, please post photos that aren’t fake looking and extremely filtered. Statistically, women don’t like shirtless photos and men don’t like Snapchat filters.

Another great photo tip: The most attractive thing someone can have when they are dating? A beautiful smile.

Make sure to pick a picture that shows your most beautiful and natural smile. Again, no fake smiles or filters! Men and women alike desire to see a real person when they are scrolling through profiles! It’s pretty easy to spot a fake picture.

I know my tips sounds really overwhelming, but don’t feel too much pressure when creating an online dating account.

People are visual; however, statistics show that people rank interests as more important than looks.

Terrifying Online Dating Statistics:

1. The Dangers of Online Dating:

There are many risks of online dating that you need to be aware of.

Did you know that one in ten online profiles are fake and catfish mostly prey on people out of loneliness and boredom? Additionally, 1 in ten sex offenders are members on at least one dating site.

Online dating - Sex Offender Stats

The biggest dangers of online dating? Rape, abductions, and even death! Online daters commit thousands of rapes and abductions a year, and 100’s of murders.

2. The Sad Side of Online Dating

If you get dumped online, chances are it will be over email more than any other way.

Over 60% of online daters are already in a relationship. Which means that if you're talking to someone online, the odds are in your favor that you are their side piece.

The good news is that if you do meet your spouse online, your relationship is more likely to be satisfying than relationships that start organically. What I gather is that those who are serious about online dating are actually looking for love, while some people who meet their spouse organically will use online dating as a way to cheat on their spouse. Yuck...

Online dating - 60% already in relationship

Source: https://www.datingnews.com/industry-trends/online-dating-statistics-what-they-mean-for-future/

Statistics That Will Make You Think About Being Careful When Online Dating

Before going on a first date, only 43% of people Google the person they are meeting. While this is a smart practice, I wonder why

A. The percentage isn’t higher

B. Why more people aren’t doing background checks on their love interest.

If you think about the FACT that a majority of people (81%) lie on their online dating profiles, that sex offenders use online dating services, and that murderers literally use online dating as a way to lure their victims in, why wouldn’t someone want to perform a background date check on someone who they never actually met before going on a date with them?

43% Google the person before dating

Yes, online dating is a great way to meet the love of your life. That’s why it’s important to be safe but also open-minded when you start your online profile.

My Last Words of Advice to Protect Yourself from The Dangers Of Online Dating

Along with doing a Google search, performing a background search will help you determine whether or not you want to pursue your love interest.

If you'd like to read the full infographic, follow this link: Full Infographic on Dangers of Online Dating

Note: National Cellular Directory does not offer a background check.