An explosive investigation reveals how registered sex offenders prowl for potential victims on dating apps. Registered sex offenders are mixing and mingling — and finding victims on free dating apps and websites including Tinder, OKCupid and Plenty of Fish, a new investigation reveals. Columbia Journalism Investigates — an investigative team at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism — and nonprofit newsroom ProPublica launched a month investigation into sexual violence involving popular dating apps and online sites. The ensuing story was co-published with BuzzFeed.
Dating App Crime: Study Warns Sex Crimes on the Rise
Online dating sites can lead to love — or danger
Thanks to predators and scammers, online daters are becoming more weary than ever when making new connections. With fake dating profiles being on the rise, it's obvious to see why someone would be cautious when building new relationships through a screen. With this in mind, our company decided to explore the topic of safety in relation to online daters. We surveyed people that were interested in online dating. Our study found that many online daters place feelings of mistrust towards the people that they meet on dating websites.
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As a result, many are turning to digital solutions to provide faster, more convenient options to enjoy the simple things in life. Feature-rich websites and digital apps enable busy persons to order dinner, socialize with friends and family and even get medical care - right from their mobile phone or computer. In fact, the study found nearly half the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating.
Curious about online dating? What kind of people can you expect to find and what exactly is the success rate? Read on for 23 statistics and fun facts.