We live in a world where everything is connected through technology. And through this we are never alone as we re constantly connected to other people through the Internet. Has this connectivity helped us? It is true that the Internet allows us to keep in touch with old friends across the globe. By doing this we believe that we are able to build strong and long lasting friendships and relationships.

However through the internet we also allow ourselves to be prey to many social predators who try to get as much information on us so that they could use it to their advantage. Studies show that:

Total number of single people in the U.S. 54 Million
Total number of people in the U.S. who have tried online dating 40 Million

(From: http://www.statisticbrain.com/online-dating-statistics/)

Online dating websites are very commonly used in our daily lives. We use it to meet new people and have an active dating life. However studies show online dating websites are not as safe as they seem

  • 10% of sex offenders use online dating services
  • 10% of members are scammers
  • 33% of women who have sex on the first online dating encounter, of these, 4 out of 5 women did not use protection
  • Each year Internet predators commit more than 16,000 abductions, 100 murders and thousands of rapes, according to InternetPredatorStatistics.com.
This shows that despite the advantages of the Internet allowing us to meet new people, there should be a certain measure of caution while we use the Internet. We constantly blog, tweet and post things on our social media, and we should be careful on who sees the posts as they could have disastrous consequences otherwise.

 

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