One of the main reasons people tend to avoid online dating is they feel that it is unsafe. With shows like To Catch a Predator and crime shows that show singles (mostly women) stalked, harrassed, and even murdered by online suitors, it makes sense that many people feel that forming a relationship online is a risky endeavor.
Luckily for those of us who represent online dating, then, comes this study by The Guardian which showed that people are far more likely to be stalked via social networking (a la Facebook and MySpace) than dating sites. According to the study, in this age, cyberstalking is more prevalent than real-world stalking, which makes sense because it can be done from the comfort of your own home instead of the discomfort of the bushes outside someone’s bedroom.
Cyberstalking, they note, often comes is much different forms than real-world stalking, especially in that real world stalkers usually personally know their victims, and cyberstalkers are often only acquaintances or complete strangers.
The most poignant aspect of the study to us, though, was this stat: “Twenty percent of victims said they were tracked through their social networks, compared to the four percent who said they were targeted via dating sites.”
So if you’re trying to avoid the dangerous possibility of encountering a stalker online, you’re better off closing your Facebook account than your dating profile!