The Dark Side Of Online Dating

With the rise of the use of internet, online dating is getting more popular these days. In the search for a potential date, people rely on online dating services these days as they can get the job done from anywhere at anytime with a touch of a button despite their busy schedule.

With the popularity of apps like tinder and its copycats, dating has become a numbers game and apparently many people prefer using these sources.

Sites like match.com, eHarmony, OKcupid and thousands of similar others are providing online dating services. More than 15% adult admit that they have used mobile dating apps or an online dating site at least once in the past. Online dating are undoubtedly the second best way to meet a partner with time efficiency and multiple choices being the major factors.

Research suggests that one out of five relationships start online nowadays. It’s estimated that 70% of us will have met our significant partner online.

There are few things you should know before you use an online dating apps or sites as most of them are just fads that drain your wallet with no intention of matching you with a suitable partner.

  1. Most online dating profiles are not true.

You don’t have to be surprised to know that people lie in their online profiles than be completely honest as people tend to look more appealing. A study of over 1,000 online daters in the US and UK conducted by global research agency OpinionMatters found that about 53% US participants and 44% UK participants admitted to having lied in their online dating profile.

Women apparently lied more than men with the most common lie being about looks. Women were found posting photos of their younger selves. In the context of men, their most common lies were about their financial situation like claiming to have better jobs than they actually do. But this tactic was also practiced by nearly one third of the women. Dishonesty was more common among the younger ones.

  1. Usually relationships don’t last.

There are more than one third of people using online dating who never actually make it to a date with someone they met online. According to a research conducted by Michigan State University, relationships starting out online are 28% more likely to fail during its first year. Also couples who met through online are 3 times more likely to get divorced.

However, study suggests that around 5% of people are in a committed relationship or marriage who in fact met their significant others online in the US alone.

  1. Responses mostly depend on your financial status.

Richer financial status can be perceived as more attractive and will definitely get you through a lot of interest. Although this is common in both genders, it is more prevalent in men. People attract a lot of unnecessary visitors who are not interested in their character at all just because they are rich.

Although this trait is common outside of the online dating world, people’s rich profile will make them more vulnerable if they mention their financial status online. People are more likely to get scammed as they are exposed to a huge number of people surfing online.

  1. Online dating can be all about sex for some people

Although there are people seeking for genuine relationship online, there are plenty of people out there, especially men simply looking for sex. Many men make the assumption that a woman is interested in sleeping with relative strangers if she has an online dating profile.

Online dating can be a convenient way for meeting  people which sometimes benefits the creepy ones out there just looking out for a way to get laid. Especially women should be aware that they are going to receive sexual propositions with rude and disgusting messages from horny men. Roughly 4 out of 10 people have experienced harassment online.

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