Risks of Online Dating

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Risks of Online Dating
Online dating has become so widespread amongst people today. In online dating, you may not know the other person nor have any means to ratify what that person says is true or false. In other words, the truthfulness of the other person, either he or she, cannot be discovered. The person on the other side of the screen may have an ulterior motive that may be hurtful or dangerous. That person could have ruthless intentions towards you. The barriers of time and distance get in the way a lot when trying to have a person to person relationship. There are all kinds of risks and scams that you need to be aware of before proceeding in the online dating world.

It is common knowledge that dangerous predators abide in the online world. A persons profile on the online dating service may not be completely straightforward. The person could be distrustful about their age, sex, gender, and name. In the essay Virtual Love, the author describes how she did not want the other person to know her real self. “Pete knew nothing of my scattered, juvenile self, and I did my best to keep it that way” (Daum, 305). In many cases, they may even lie about their marital status. In such instances, a real life relationship would be better. This way they would be able to rule out some of the dishonesty with his or her dating partner. Sometimes, a person may be in disappointment or great shock when they meet the person in a face to face get-together for the very first time. The person on the other side of the screen is completely opposite of what they had fancied in their own imagination.

As quoted in the essay Virtual Love, the author writes about her thoughts with online dating.“For me, time on-line with Pete was far superior to the phone. There were no background noises, no interruptions from “call waiting,” no long-distance charges” (Daum, 304). The author liked how she did not have to be on a phone trying to strike a conversation. An online relationship is...
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