Danger on internet dating
The fact of the matter is that it has become very common for people, especially college students, to meet up with others they only know through social media.
Aside from Tinder, there are tons of similar apps that offer some variation of the same formula and are just as dangerous.
The two met on Tinder and talked for a few weeks before he started asking her if she would like to meet for coffee.
“For me, I wasn’t really planning on meeting up with anyone and I was really clear about that cause people asked me,” she said.
“I was hesitant because you hear about things on Tinder,” she said.
“People who were looking for a hook up were very vocal so it was easier to avoid those people.” Finally, after he kept asking and receiving a vote of confidence from her friends, she agreed to meet up with him at a local coffee house.
He does, however, realize the reality that there are many who will continue to use them whether they are aware of the dangers.
Makes sense: “I work in the entertainment industry”…Dude, you sell tickets at the local theater. According to MSNBC, research shows that 11% of people using online dating services are married. In 2011 alone, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center lodged 5,600 complaints from victims of “romance scammers” with collective losses of over fifty million dollars.
If two people both like each other’s profile it is called a match and the option to message each other becomes available.
For the woman who was assaulted, that is exactly how it started.
Also risky, yet perhaps more trusted and in-depth, are the countless online dating sites that offer a selection of millions of profiles that can be created by anyone, good or bad.
According to a fact sheet on the dangers of online dating created by Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, “With the prevalence of rapes and sexual assault going unreported and the low conviction rate for those accused (1.2 percent), it’s likely that online dating remains very attractive to predators.” While it may be true that many have safely and successfully used these tools to meet people, the real issue is about creating awareness of the dangers that actually exist.