When internet dating shed its formerly taboo reputation circa 2010, there was a certain level of hype – and dare we say glamour – attached to this new-found way of flirting. And if you haven’t yet, why not give it a go with our round-up of the best online dating sites? You still expect chivalry and flattery in equal measure When internet dating, of course you want to be contacted first, and then followed up with a series of funny, insightful messages increasing in wit and charm each time.
Choosing the Real Over the Virtual Internet dating may present other dangers.Indeed, there have been news reports of adult sexual predators who pretend to be youths as they prowl the Internet seeking to prey on young ones.According to one study, “one-in-five kids who uses the Internet has been solicited for sex.” One newspaper also stated that 1 child in 33 between ages 10 and 17 were “aggressively stalked” through computer conversations. Dating in this fashion may put you in serious danger—whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. As the preceding article in this series discussed, Internet romances may blossom quickly, but they often wither when reality sets in.* Still, there is a greater cause for concern than mere disappointment.Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing A father named Michael was alarmed to learn at a seminar that a large proportion of children disobey parental rules against visiting dangerous Web sites.“What troubled me even more,” he says, “was the shocking realization that pedophiles can use the Internet to lure minors into debased sexual activities.” When youths use the Internet to meet new people, they can be in far more danger than they realize.And when it comes to romantic attachments, dishonesty presents terrible dangers.For example, note the kind of dishonesty described in this Bible verse: “I have not sat with men of untruth; and with those who hide what they are I do not come in.” (Psalm 26:4) What is meant by “those who hide what they are”?Some Internet dating sites prescreen individuals for compatibility. How can something that looks so innocent and safe—a computer terminal right in your own home—actually present a danger to you?