That’s troublesome when you consider how many consumers place their trust in these services to build a relationship, find a date or just meet a new friend.
Seventeen percent of couples who were surveyed and who married in 2012 met online, and 20 percent of couples who were surveyed were in current committed relationships that began online, according to Statistic Brain.Furthermore, no independent data indicate that online dating is any more dangerous than is offline dating; i.e., meeting someone at a bar or a party.Law-enforcement officials tell us that it’s impossible to estimate the percentage of sexual assaults that’s linked to online dating, but they tell us that Markin’s experience wasn’t an anomaly.About two years ago I arranged to meet for coffee with a woman I had corresponded with online.I arrived early and sat at a table in a conspicuous spot.
After a few minutes, a woman came to my table, sat down and said with big smile, "Hi, I'm Chris!
Carole Markin went on her second date in early 2010 with a man whom she had met on
After dinner, he drove her home and asked to use her bathroom. Markin later searched for information about her attacker on Google and found that the man had a history of violence and had been convicted of rape.
“I believe that my case would have been totally preventable,” if Match had screened him in the first place, Markin tells Consumers Digest.
now screens its users against the National Sex Offender registry databases and started to do so after Markin sought a court order that required the company to screen.
Even so, says an error in one of the databases meant that the name of Markin’s attacker wouldn’t have appeared on the list of sex offenders anyway.