Online dating will hopefully get a little safer now, since three major sites have agreed to background checks for prospective dating clients.
Someone else may be forthcoming with details, if you explain your situation.Of couples married in the last three years, one in six met through an online dating service and one in five people have dated someone they met through an online dating site.Twenty years ago, only 14 percent of Americans were online, and most people believed online dating was an odd way to meet potential partners. Nine out of 10 Americans are online, and online dating has lost its stigma.According to Pew Research, one in five adults aged 25 to 34 have used online dating services, and two-thirds of online daters have actually gone out with people they've met online.While the majority of people truthfully represent themselves online (or at least intend to), it's still wise to be cautious in this era of virtual dating.If you are stuck looking up a common name, add in any other information you know about the person, like the name of a school, workplace or town.Facebook is the best starting point for most searches.There are plenty of online scams, and it's easier for someone to lie to you online than in real life.While many of us know someone who met a long-term partner on the Internet, we have also met someone who has been catfished, aka lured in by a false online persona.But remember: Even years of online contact may not be enough to really know what you are getting yourself into. Have you done an online background check of yourself lately? There might be erroneous information about you floating around the Internet or in your credit report.