Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly. Often on multiple apps at once, users can swipe through dozens of profiles every minute and plan multiple dates, whether in hopes of a love match or a hook-up.Decisions to meet arise from limited information: A convenient location; a sultry glance captured in pixels; a mutual interest in “banter.” In 2014, Tinder users were spending as long as 90 minutes a day on the site.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.A local council member in Manchester, in the north of England, Leech this year launched a campaign to make online dating companies commit to keeping their users safer.
In an attempt to keep daters safe, some dating sites run criminal background checks on their daters; however, this practice is far from an industry standard so it is wise to carefully explore the fine print to determine if your site conducts this practice.
In 2016, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) released findings on data from police forces around the country. Not all the forces collect data specific to dating apps.
Not all people who report attacks mention whether an app was involved.
Is this scaremongering, or is online dating truly putting users in danger?
The trouble is that statistics on crimes linked to online dating are sparse.
By allowing your head, not your heart, to guide your cyber-dating efforts you may be able to avoid some of the folly that could befall you as you seek love online.