Unlike singles in the '70s, who cruised bars and discos and risked looking for love in all the wrong places, tens of millions of singles each day join and log on to online dating sites with the belief that their efforts to find love and companionship are safe and secure.But the apparent murder and dismemberment of Ingrid Lyne, a 40-year-old Seattle-area mother of three, has sent shockwaves throughout the cyber-romance world, with many begging the question: Is anyone safe?
Most services offer digital messaging, while others provide additional services such as webcasts, online chat, telephone chat (VOIP), and message boards.
Members can constrain their interactions to the online space, or they can arrange a date to meet in person.
Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based.
Online dating services allow users to become "members" by creating a profile and uploading personal information including (but not limited to) age, gender, sexual orientation, location, and appearance.
This could be because, as humans, we have a tendency to not know what we really want.
Or the fact that these sites offer too many choices.So, how do you protect yourself when you try online dating?Bruce Anderson, director of Cyber Intelligence & Investigations, encourages cyber-daters to conduct a background check.How many Tinder swipes are necessary for me to find true love? On dating sites like Match.com, which allow users to make their own dating decisions, daters have difficulty meeting the right partners.Flippancy aside, I realize not everyone may believe in soulmates or even marriage for that matter, but whatever your intent, do you find yourself wondering if online dating even works? Studies show that they are unable to make successful selections.“You should always do a background check on the person that you are dating,” Anderson told Fox