So how much can we trust it and what can we do to ensure we keep ourselves safe online? One of the biggest challenges with dating online is that even once you've spent hours talking to someone, you still won't really know who's behind that screen until you meet in person.Right from a photo-shopped pictures to a scammer with an entirely fake profile, the remote side to online dating poses risks for men and women.To avoid disappointment, it's important to never assume anything from a potential partner's online profile.Asking to meet up in person or video chat is a good way to verify someone's identity.Online dating services provide chat rooms that allow you to get to know someone before you exchange photos or phone numbers.
In fact, e Harmony recently predicted that by 2040, almost 70% of relationships will be formed by people meeting online. From spammers and scammers, to liars and cheats, the list of risks involved with online dating lengthy.Online dating has helpfully removed the need to leave your house as you search for romantic partners, but like any kind of dating, it comes with safety risks.Just ahead of Valentine's Day, a new report from home security review site Safewise and High Speed looked at the FBI-reported cybercrime and violent crime rates and CDC-reported rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea (the two most prevalent STIs in the U. (which is, of course, not a state) topped the list, followed by Alaska, Louisiana, and New Mexico; the safest states in terms of risk for STIs and crime, on the other hand, are apparently Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. Interestingly, the authors of the report found a strong correlation between STI rates and violent crime rates, a link that has been observed by researchers before; the report's authors suggest that this could be due to some areas' combinations of crowded urban areas, young populations, and minimal sex education.Rewind a decade and looking for love online was the dating equivalent of a rocker listening to Justin Bieber.Fast forward a few years, and the stigma around online dating has all but faded.