Unfortunately, I don't believe this article went far enough into the
potential risks of online dating. I recently did a bit of research on a
gentleman that my elderly mother was communicating with through an online dating
service, and found out that he was impersonating someone who died a few years
ago. He had a very well prepared story line and spent a great deal of time
"grooming" my mother to believe that his work was preventing them from
meeting in person, and then he needed to go overseas, where for some mysterious
reason his own funds were unavailable to him and if she cared about him, she
should be willing to help him, right? Thankfully, my relationship with my mom
is good enough that she listened to me and didn't get taken advantage of
financially, but I can imagine that there must be people out there who fall for
it, or there wouldn't be so many of them out there (two others have also
asked her for money). She is now following my suggestion that if she can't
meet them in person, the relationship doesn't continue.
I tried online dating earlier this year, ldssingles.com is where I signed up. I
quickly found out that you aren't safe from pervs even on an lds dating
site. I removed my profile and cancelled my subscription after just a few days.
I met my wifey online. We got lucky because we were only online for a couple
months. This article had an interesting title, but sadly the writer did not
proofread, so it was very confusing. You can't introduce new characters
without explaining more about who they are or it will feel like reading
Catch-22. Deseret News, please have articles proofread before you send them out.
I had far more enjoyable dates resultant from online dating than the traditional
methods of dating. I found online dating a great way to meet new people. I
didn't have any issues with people misrepresenting themselves.
Hasn't worked for me. $6000 later, I finally gave up. Maybe I should have
given it more than 10 years.
Both As in the "real world", you have to be careful, but I think more so
with online dating. It's easier for a person to misrepresent themselves
with online dating, but it's also a great way to let people know
you're single, what you're like and what kind of a person you are
looking for. It's also a great way to learn something more about a person,
as long as you do a background check of some type. Myself? I got burned, but I
chalk it up to being too trusting.