First I want to say, I learned a lot about myself with this project. At first I thought online dating was negative for my own opinionated reasoning, and the fake profiling, but in terms of fake profile,
1) Know who you’re talking to online
Some people join online dating sites as someone else, or just joke around. The example the guy from anonymous who humiliated that guy in NY, there’s ways to find out if who he was talking to was real. Call the person, ask for some a lot of specificity. You’d rather not end up looking like the guys on MTV Catfish.
2) Be careful of who you talk to.
There’s no background checks on dating websites, so the person your talking to could be a criminal, or a sex offender.
Here’s a case where that happened
Fake profiling is part of the stigma that online dating gets and if we could get some awareness of safety then online dating could a lot safer and thought of a bit more positively.
Now Stigma is another thing. There’s a few points I want to make about that.
1) Online dating isn’t for everyone,
A lot of people have their own opinions of online dating. Examples like thinking that the people on there might be socially awkward, to whether they believe it’s better to offline, or etc. You shouldn’t bash on someone, who is using it. Lets say my professor likes to golf, and I don’t like to for my own reasons. I shouldn’t make fun of him, or be condescending towards him for playing it. on someone who’s using it. On a positive note. From the research site Pew, Online dating is being more acceptable to people , who know someone that actually use it , who don’t prefer it.
Remember this video I showed?
2) Based on Pews research, Young people (ages 18-25) are more likely to experience the stigma
This age group isn’t as accepting of online dating as older age groups. It has a lot to do with maturity, opinions, rumors, and as stated before, fake profiling. On Pew’s research page, it showed that this age group is more likely to have bad experiences with online dating, and it goes with maturity. On the male side, we may harass people online, and the female group is more likely to raise their standards with all the attention they get.
Remember this guy who did research from the mordernman.com?
It make sense for an older age group to have positive outcomes since they’re more mature and, there isn’t as much fake profiling. Pew’s research shows that ages 18-25 use online dating to just flirt, but that’s more so with mobile dating apps like tinder.
To conclude, the only real negatives of online dating is fake profiling and the bad stigma it has. Like I said for fake profiling just know who you’re talking and be careful of who you talk to, and for stigma as more people accept what it it the stigma will go, but if you’re in the 18-25 year old age group then you’ll experience it more, but you shouldn’t let it defer you from trying it.
If you want to know surf like demographics and successes you can check out the research on pew’s website
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