3 Major Online Dating Threats to Be Aware Of
Updated: Jul 2
Online dating is becoming more popular every year. With its exploding demand now, it seems like everybody is on Tinder, Hinge, Okcupid, Bumble, Match, and other online dating applications and wants some casual dating or real genuine relationships.
Despite the many users of online dating apps, let’s dig into some specific dangers of it for them. Be sure to read this article thoroughly so you can protect yourself from the potential dangers of dating apps.
Users lie about their dating profiles:
Your dating profile helps you get found and shows how credible and likable you are as a person but some people fake it right? People add false information about themselves like their weight or height. Just to make their profiles stand out from the rest they tend to lie about themselves, but one of the biggest lies is that thousands of married men and women are using online dating websites and apps to cheat on their spouses. This is the reality. Most users keep their marital status a secret so they can find new people to date.
Be Mindful of Online Scammers:
Another danger of using dating websites and apps is that some of their users are people who scam others for money. 1 out of 10 people who are using dating websites and apps try to scam people using fake profiles.
How did they do it? Well, the most common way is that they do not scam right away. They build strong emotional connections first with their victims. They get their interest, trust and make them fall in love foremost before doing some serious scamming. Some say they had an emergency or an accident so they need urgent cash.
When you’re in love already and you care for that person, you shell out money of course. So that’s when the scammer leaves the victim and scams their money. When it comes to spending money with a person you just met in a dating app, be wise, check the facts firsts and try to figure out how not to be victimized.
Here’s also a sign. Online scammers are much less likely to pay for a dating website service as they are people that don’t like to pay for anything so if they’re free members in the dating website or apps, be more cognizant. A very great way to meet an online dater and stay safe is to somehow use a paid service.
Criminals and Sexual Predators are Using Dating Websites and Apps:
Unfortunately, this is based on truths. Criminals especially sex offenders or rapists are prevalent in these kinds of dating websites and apps. According to Pew Research Center (PRC) (https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2020/02/06/the-virtues-and-downsides-of-online-dating/), 30% of U.S. adults say they have used a dating site or app. While most online daters report positive experiences overall, most of its users particularly younger women report being harassed or sent explicit messages on these dating platforms, according to a PRC survey.
You need to really exercise caution when talking to people who are just interested in sex and fun. Conversations about sex are probably one of the signs that you can be watchful of. If you really like the person and you start trusting them then, it’s also the right time to do an in-depth background check. Background check services are paid services for most dating apps. Keep in mind that dating websites and apps should be used to forge meaningful relationships and not be wronged by some sexual maniacs or predators.
Dating apps and websites have many positive benefits but being aware of some of the major dangers and downsides behind using them is good for you. Always use your common sense and try to be cleverer on detecting fraud and spotting wrongdoers present in the dating websites or apps you’re using. You can report them or block them for your peace of mind and protection.