According to a recent survey, 40% of straight couples and 65% of same-sex couples meet online. There are almost 8,000 dating sites worldwide and more opportunities through social networking sites. Sites include mainstream ones like Match.com, special interest ones like Gaydar (as the name suggests) or RocknRollDating (for musically compatible couples of any sexual preference, including “polyamorous”), and even ones for married folks seeking extramarital activity, like Ashley Madison.
Online dating has its risks. Daters can be exposed to false information (like fake user profiles), threats to physical safety, exposure of personal information, data security vulnerabilities, and “romance scams,” among others.
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