But despite the potential risks, two experts in the field say there is no need to shy away from online dating as long as precautions are taken.
A total of 58 people were victims of online dating-related crimes in those four years, some of them sexual. For context, in 2012 the area had an overall average of 243 sexual assaults and rapes every month.) Many apps offer a page of advice for safe dating.
"Always bear in mind that the other person is a stranger.
Take your time to really get to know someone, and ensure he or she is who they say they are.” “If you even get a gut feeling that something is not quite right, ask a friend for advice and their opinion.
Your dating profile has clearly highlighted your needs, wants and wishes.
In your about me, you write who you are, what you enjoy, things that are important to you.