In 2013, Mary Kay Beckman sued for million after a man she met on the site came to her Las Vegas home with a knife and an intent to kill.But despite the occasional bad press, the numbers suggest that online dating is very safe.It’s an all-too-common trope: Online dating has made casual sex easy but relationships hard.One somewhat hysterical Vanity Fair article recently claimed that sites like Tinder have brought on a “dating apocalypse,” with young men and women meeting online, getting together for sex, then never talking again.They’ve “given rise to a pick-and-choose shopping behavior that prioritizes looks more than ever before.” In reality, how someone looks in a couple of pictures is no indicator of whether you’ll be attracted to them.
I remember only a handful in my 12 years at the company.
But as I learned at Ok Cupid, men don’t necessarily end up dating young women, even if they think they’re gorgeous.
Men on the site tend to message women closer to their own age; very few men over 30 actually reach out to 20-year-old women.
Match.com, for example, now checks its users against the National Sex Offender Registry and deletes the profiles of anyone found on the list.
Online dating allows people to browse partners from their own homes.