The old-fashioned way of meeting people face-to-face and getting to know them before diving into a relationship has slowly become a thing of the past. Dating, as we know it now has gradually evolved throughout history with the introduction of numerous online dating apps in the 21st century, from the infamous Tinder to Bumble Dating to Hinge and so on.
Online or Virtual dating experiences vary in different individuals, while some may agree that online dating is a great tool for finding the right person to share your intimate desires with, others may beg to differ.
A recent survey has shown that three-out-of-ten American adults have ever used a dating app, with exactly 23% which is about a quarter of Americans, saying they have ever been on a date with someone they first met on a dating site. On one hand, for some individuals just like me, these dating platforms have played a key role in forging meaningful connections, as exactly 12% of American adults reckon that they have either married or been in a committed relationship with someone they first met through a dating site or app.
On the other hand, as with everything that has a pro there is a con. One of the biggest cons of virtual or online dating is catfishing. Approximately 54% of online daters believe that someone else has presented false information in their profile, this is common with photos. Some users for some twisted reasons, feel the need to hide behind their devices while they pose as other people, to either impress, stalk or swindle naïve singles who may be willing to share their addresses, credit card info and so much more. 28% of American adults reveal that they have been contacted in a way that left them feeling harassed or uncomfortable.
The video below narrates how Cecilie Fjellhoy was left with almost £200,000 worth of debt by Netflix’s notoriously infamous “Tinder Swindler”. This is a suitable example of how online daters, especially women, are exploited on certain dating sites.
Feel free to share in the comments below how you would rather connect with people these days.