On the day of the announcement, the stock price of Inter Active Corp—the parent site of online dating behemoths —dropped by more than two per cent. Over the past two decades, the Internet has become a fixture of the modern-day romance plot.In the early ’90s, just one per cent of new relationships began online.Money Gram or Western Union) narrowly shadowed by payments taken directly from bank accounts, which was the payment method used by 37% of victims.Tony Neate, CEO at Get Safe Online, commented: “It’s great when you click with someone online, just make sure you’re clicking safely!One out of 10 sex offenders use online dating to meet other people – Uh…3. e Harmony mentions that a study found that men who reported incomes higher than 0,000 received 156% more email than those with ,000.That’s 156% more golddiggers, guys, so think twice about whether you want to post that kind of personal info.5. In 2005 alone, 25% percent of rapists used online dating sites to find their victims.
There is also a significant rise in reported fraud cases from April 2014 to May 2014, suggesting that in the blissful wake of Valentine’s Day people may become more susceptible to romance scams, letting their heart rule their head.The statistics issued by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) show the UK public lost £34 million to ‘romance’ fraudsters in 2014, a 33% increase in fraud cases in compared to 2013.Get Safe Online and Action Fraud are urging people to be careful with not just your heart but also your safety, if you do online dating.In 2003, a young Mark Zuckerberg sat in front of his computer and instant-messaged a friend.Back then, “the facebook thing” was still a rough idea, and 18-year-old Zuckerberg was trying to finesse the concept. “I don’t think people would sign up for the facebook thing if they knew it was for dating,” Zuckerberg wrote.“I think people are skeptical about joining dating things.” A decade later, a somewhat savvier Zuckerberg has had a change of heart.Last week, Facebook unveiled “Graph Search,” a new search engine that will allow users to comb through data from their existing online networks.By 2009, that number had grown to around 20 per cent for heterosexual couples, and 60 per cent for same-sex matches.An estimated 30 to 40 million North Americans now use online dating sites.He told the Guardian: 'Christmas tends to be a period of review and revision, partly because it gives you the chance to observe existing models of relationship – the ones that you have, the ones you want to avoid and the ones you want to emulate.'It is also the winter pause when you review what has been missing in your life and what you want in it, and a period of great loneliness for people who don't fit into the government-approved vision of family.According to You Gov, one in five relationships in the UK now begins online, and meeting via the internet is the third most popular way to find a date behind 'through friends' or making acquaintance at a pub or bar.