Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.
But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams..
From finding the best dating site, protecting your digital privacy, all the way up to that first date, we’ve got you covered.
Choosing the right site The cyber-sea of love can be overwhelming to navigate.
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Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.
The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.
Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.Whether you want to get away from a bad date, or feel like you’re in a seriously unsafe situation, there are plenty of safety apps on the market to help you date with proper precaution. This is one of the best apps on the market, and it’s free for both i OS and Android phones. Once downloaded, the app has you set up three personal contacts from your phone.If you find yourself in an unsafe situation, you can open the app and send an alert to your pre-selected contacts. It allows users to set a timed activity, like running or walking the dog, and if you don’t deactivate the timer within the allotted time, it will start notifying your contacts that something may be wrong. Then, if the danger gets real, take your thumb off and the police are alerted immediately.Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.Today, 12% of 55- to 64-year-olds report ever using an online dating site or mobile dating app versus only 6% in 2013.