Those couples tend to be happier, too, research suggests.This assumption is so prevalent that MTV has an entire show, “Catfish,” devoted to investigating whether people in online relationships are representing themselves honestly to their partners.But despite the occasional bad press, the numbers suggest that online dating is very safe.
In fact, online dating has made it easier for those seeking long-term commitments to find each other.
Experts say that one-third of recent marriages in the United States started online.
I remember only a handful in my 12 years at the company.
Although there are no comprehensive numbers, executives with other sites report similarly low levels of abuse.
In one extreme example of an online lie, Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o was tricked a few years ago into virtually dating a woman who never existed.
But while it’s tempting to shave off a couple of pounds or add a couple of inches, studies show that online dating profiles are, fundamentally, quite honest.Additionally, dating sites have taken steps to respond to concerns.Match.com, for example, now checks its users against the National Sex Offender Registry and deletes the profiles of anyone found on the list.Some commentators credit it with helping singles feel more secure and confident, while others blame it for “ruining romance,” “killing commitment” and contributing to the rise of the hook-up culture. While women generally prefer men around their own age, men are most attracted to 20-year-olds, period.As the head of Ok Cupid, I worked diligently to untangle many of the misconceptions about finding love on the Internet. That’s why the Daily Mail calls straight women over 45 the “plankton generation” — at the bottom of the romantic food chain.Men on the site tend to message women closer to their own age; very few men over 30 actually reach out to 20-year-old women.