Dating now online people

At one time, the word “desperate” was almost always used in close proximity to the words “online dating.” Those days are long gone, as study after study is stating that online dating is now among the most popular ways for couples to meet.

Enough time has passed that millions of Americans who first met online are now married, a population large enough for traditional psychological survey techniques.

Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based.

Online dating services allow users to become "members" by creating a profile and uploading personal information including (but not limited to) age, gender, sexual orientation, location, and appearance.

But fake profiles abound, sexual predators use the sites, and some common online dating behavior—like meeting alone after scant acquaintance, sharing personal information, and using geolocation—puts users at risk.

Dating companies are being pushed to better protect users, but some seem reluctant to do more— or even to talk about whether there’s a problem.

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