How will you find your soul mate? Online dating as a risky endeavor.
by frazeefeet on November 5, 2013 - 12:20am
Cellular devices. Social networking. Online dating. All are means of constant communication that are very common among most people today. Online dating especially has been becoming increasingly popular. We all want to find that special someone, whether it be for a long-term relationship or just for casual sexual interactions, and online dating makes that process much simpler and more attainable for some. Yet, with this accessibility there comes risk as well. Within this study by Danielle Couch, Pranee Liamputtong and Marian Pitts titled, “What are the real and perceived risks and dangers of online dating? Perspectives from online daters.” These risks associated with online dating are discussed and measured from the personal experiences of actual online daters. The participants were interviewed online, either through email or instant messaging, in order to remain within the context of the study. Through these interviews of 29 participants it was discovered that highest risks of online dating that online daters take into consideration are deceit, sexual risks, emotional risks, violence, and the risky “other.” Yet, even with all of these dangerous risks in place, people still continue to participate in online dating.
Essentially, the main purpose behind this article is to emphasize the risk that is affiliated with online dating. There is nothing wrong with exploring that realm, but people are correct to be cautious of how they present themselves and how much information they put out there on the internet. It is very common for some online daters to lie about certain things, whether it is their age, gender, interests, body type, etc. This becomes an issue when real connections start to be made, such as when face to face meetings are organized but do not go as planned because one of the online daters was deceitful. This is when sexual risk, emotional risk and violence really become apparent among online daters, and is also why STI’s are much more commonly seen among those who not only participate in online dating but become involved with sexual interactions that were facilitated and organized through dating websites. One must be careful because due to the overall risky nature of the internet in general, it is hard to depict those that are deceitful from those that are genuine. The risky “other” is always a possibility and if we are to take part in this form of social networking and interaction, we must do so carefully and intelligently.