You can feel like you know someone really well or that you want to take things further really quickly. They want to trick, pressure or force young people into sex. ‘Paedophiles’ would rather have sex with children and young people than with adults.
That’s one reason why online dating is so popular for adults. They are very happy to lie about who they are and what they want to get it. Others don’t care who they have sex with but think young people are easier to trick, pressure or force into having sex.
Most dating sites are for over 18’s only - but even using those that are for ‘teens’ is really risky.
So if you haven’t met someone in real life, how can you be sure who you’re chatting to?
Everyone is drinking, peering into their screens and swiping on the faces of strangers they may have sex with later that evening. “Ew, this guy has Dad bod,” a young woman says of a potential match, swiping left.
Based on a national sample of 2,001 adults, the research found that the largest growth originated from opposite ends of the age spectrum among American adults.
Similarly, the share of 55-64 year-olds doubled from 6% in 2013 to 12% in 2015.
A more detailed breakdown of demographics shows that more men (10%) than women (8%) used mobile dating apps.
People in my mother's group of friends, a lot of women that have gone through divorces, or are ready for something new.
So I truly believe that what we're seeing with online dating is very similar to what happened with the Myspace-Facebook era, where Myspace was once this place for online connecting for a very select group of young people.