The Risks of Online Dating

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Online Dating

Tara Joy


Professor Porter

Aug. 8, 2010

In this ever changing world of technology many people have turned to online dating. I, for one, do not feel that online dating is the way to go. People should not participate in online dating because of safety concerns, it can become costly, and also can be very time consuming. The first reason I believe that online dating is not a good choice is safety. If you really think about it, you never really know who you are actually talking to on these sites. Not everyone who is on these sites are honest people. Even though a profile may say one thing, it does not nesseccarily mean that it is the truth. There are several types of people who frequent these sites and could be the person you are actually talking to. Many men and women who are unhappy in their marriage frequent these sites because there is less chance of their spouse finding out. Another type of person that studies have shown often frequent dating sites are con artists. They are known to “sweet talk” you out of lots of money by making you fall for them. Another issue that I have read about online dating is cost. Although some sites say they are “free”, often times there is a limited amount of things you can do for free. In order to be able to really connect with another person you would have to pay a membership fee. Most fees can range from $14.95 to $49.95 a month. If you are one of the many people who who are signed up on more than one site it can become costly. The final reason that I have for online dating not being a good idea is it can become time consuming. Some people get so wrapped up in searching for “the one” that they tend to neglect other important aspects of their life. For example, one of the things that they may neglect is spending time with their friends and family. They may even start to miss work more often or neglect normal everyday things such as chores and errands....
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