Online dating is a big business for the paid sites. Even the free ones. Plenty of Fish the biggest dating site of them all brings in millions of dollars a month in revenue from ads and paid options.
An estimated 40 million North Americans use online dating to meet people. According to Statistics Canada an estimated 14.2 million in 2014 use online dating sites.
With so many users signing up on online dating sites, you should be cautious of fellow users.
Here are some tips to follow for online dating safety:
- potential daters should get to know the person as well as he/she can before the first meeting.
- Meet in a public place and arrive separately.
- Let the relationship grow slowly.
- Most importantly, trust your instincts.
If you have a bad feeling about someone online do not meet, If you have a bad feeling when you meet someone, do not meet again! At IT Takes Two we have a blocking feature, so you can block members that cause you issues. Also please report any users that is harassing you!
One last fact for you to consider... About 20 percent of daters admit they lie about themselves online, according to a survey research study by Jeana Frost of Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
You really never know a person online, even if he/she seems normal through messaging and chatting. Take your time, trust your instincts, please meet in a public place. Always think about online dating safety.
Online dating is a great thing, I have many friends that have meet their girlfriends, boyfriends online and a handful of friends that are married by meeting thru online dating. Just take your time, get to know the person before a meeting.
Good luck in your search for love online!