Once stigmatized as a venue for the desperate, online dating has become a normal part of the mating game.A recent survey of 19,000 people who married between 20 found that 35 percent of these new couples met online, with about half of those meeting through an online dating site (Cacioppo et al., 2013).Understanding Anonymity Basics Protecting Your Personal Information Browsing with Basic Anonymity Browsing with Strong Anonymity Community Q&A Concerns about internet privacy are no longer just the realm of child pornographers, terrorists, and hackers; a compromised internet identity makes you a prime target for identity theft, and other illegal activity.Some people are also worried about staying safe from their own governments, or even governments abroad (and reasonably so! Nothing will make you 100% anonymous on the internet, since there will always be something that potentially could be discovered to identify you, and since security vulnerabilities in software can never be completely nonexistent. Who cared if I wasn't 45 (I'd just turned 50) or if "sports enthusiast" meant I liked Ping Pong?The mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness." I, too, felt liberated from myself under the cloak of online courtship.The findings in this report are based on data from telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International from July 11-14, among a sample of 1,002 adults ages 18 and older.
Still, 59% of internet users do not believe it is possible to be completely anonymous online, while 37% of them believe it is possible. Did it matter that "loves to have a good time" meant "in bed by 10 p.m. I was building a whole new reputation: A bigger, richer, more affable ME. Untethered by the need to tell the truth, my ego started acting out big time. - I lied about being unavailable or simply blew them off. I became a certified dating jerk in a way that I never would have in real life. What harm was there in calling myself successful - as in "successful creative pro" - when I'd second-mortgaged my coop that month and couldn't afford to take a vacation? After any number of online chats with individuals out of my league - just to see if they'd talk to me!Most internet users know that key pieces of personal information about them are available online—such as photos and videos of them, their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers, home addresses, and the groups to which they belong.And growing numbers of internet users (50%) say they are worried about the amount of personal information about them that is online—a figure that has jumped from 33% who expressed such worry in 2009.