I know dozens of you have met your soul mate online, and I salute you. I am not salute-worthy. Following are the alleged reasons I should try online dating now, and my first hand justifications for rejecting those reasons. The assumption the authors make is that without online dating we would be stuck associating only with coworkers, friends, family and people we meet at a bar.
We respect your privacy. All email addresses you provide will be used just for sending this story. Just over a year ago, the Department of Justice announced that seven men—six from Nigeria and one from South Africa—had pleaded guilty to conning tens of millions of dollars from Americans via online dating sites. According to the FBI, romance scams and similar confidence scams cost consumers more money than any other kind of Internet fraud.
Online dating is more popular than ever before. Naturally, the scams involving this form of dating has also gotten a great deal more sophisticated as well. Therefore, even if you err on the side of caution, it can still be possible for you to be ensnared in one of these nefarious traps. The good news is that the technological edge can work both ways. This means that you can use various digital tactics to figure out whether or not someone is who they say you are.
While there are many happy endings, there are just as many or more dating disasters that come from online dating. Men tend to lie about their income, height, and age, while women are prone to lying about their weight, body type, and age. We've all seen episodes of Catfish and heard stories of people meeting in person after chatting online and being very surprised to find that the person they thought they knew, is not who they said they were. Having a conversation online can also go a lot more smoothly when you are not face to face and online daters can sometimes be awkward or even smell bad in person!