What kind of people do online dating
Are online daters giving away too much about themselves?Are they, through online dating, exposing themselves and their devices to malicious people – or indeed malware – all too easily?Considering all of this, perhaps it’s no surprise our study found that as many as 32% of Internet users are dating online.
People are now not only turning to their devices to work, shop, and play, but to manage their personal lives and relationships too. But with concerns rife following incidents such as the infamous Ashley Madison breach, and with the process inherently requiring users to share personal information, it’s important to consider the potential dangers involved.
However, there is a disparity between men and women.
When it comes to personal information, men are ready to share information about themselves much faster than women are.
Testament to this fact, when Pew Research Centre first questioned Americans about online dating in 2005, just 44% said the activity is a good way to meet people, and the majority thought it was a poor replacement for striking up relationships in the ‘real’ world.
But the way we communicate, meet and express our love has changed dramatically since then, and when Pew Research Centre repeated the study ten years later, the number that considered online dating to be a good way of meeting people had grown to 59%.