Online dating hazards

But fake profiles abound, sexual predators use the sites, and some common online dating behavior—like meeting alone after scant acquaintance, sharing personal information, and using geolocation—puts users at risk.Dating companies are being pushed to better protect users, but some seem reluctant to do more— or even to talk about whether there’s a problem.

It was a genuine admiration, as I also LOVE ice cream.

*Note, ice cream will come up again later in this story* The conversation – Almost instantly, he types a message back. I am a in bed and asleep by 10/ pm kinda person, so when I stay up past midnight to talk to you – you better know it is something special. We chat about his daughter, work, personal interests and even move into the dreaded “what are you looking for” conversation.

Well, to be perfectly honest, I don’t how to not meet someone online. I go through phases where I use them all regularly, use one or two, or maybe take a hiatus from them all *ahem, me right now – FUCK DATING*.

At the time this story takes place I had just logged onto my Bumble account from a month or two break from that app.

Often on multiple apps at once, users can swipe through dozens of profiles every minute and plan multiple dates, whether in hopes of a love match or a hook-up.

Decisions to meet arise from limited information: A convenient location; a sultry glance captured in pixels; a mutual interest in “banter.” In 2014, Tinder users were spending as long as 90 minutes a day on the site.

As I scroll through his profile, I see photo after photo of him and this little girl – nearly all of which include ice cream.

One of these photos he captioned that the only way he could get his daughter to pose with him, is to give her ice cream.

After a few back and forths he finally asked me out.

I was actually excited – normally I am fairly cynical about dates (I know, I know, that’s not good, I should be better, more positive, whatever).

Throw in the “bait”, “married people”, “gold-diggers”, “gigolos” and possible “psychos”.

Tags: , ,