Side effects of online dating
In fact, that aforementioned 2012 review found that online daters were less willing to settle down and commit to a single partner while they had boundless options literally at their fingertips, a sentiment that 32 percent of Internet users echoed in a 2013 Pew Research Center poll.
A potential limitation, according to a 2012 critical analysis paper, is that sites don't have any way of knowing how people will act once they've met a match, since the intake questionnaires only gather information about singles they're matched.
With so many choices available, some people may not be inclined to put forth the effort, time and commitment needed for a relationship.
Instead, when a problem arises, they may be more likely to dump you in lieu of a "better" option.
There are disadvantages and pitfalls of online dating to consider as well.
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse warns, your profile information could potentially be used against you in a medical, divorce, employment or custody lawsuit.
Some online dating sites don't conduct background checks on their members.
With this information, someone can easily hack your account. For this reason, some individuals may choose to misrepresent themselves in their dating profiles.
For instance, they may lie about their socioeconomic status, age, gender, hobbies, interests or physical appearance.
Online dating sites make it easy for scammers to find and target you.