Speed dating statistics 2016
Within a year or so, the speed-dating idea had gone viral, with imitators around the country.
Often on multiple apps at once, users can swipe through dozens of profiles every minute and plan multiple dates, whether in hopes of a love match or a hook-up.
Is this scaremongering, or is online dating truly putting users in danger?
The trouble is that statistics on crimes linked to online dating are sparse.
John Leech thinks the situation is new, and dangerous.
Victims, as well as perpetrators, hide crimes: Only an estimated 17% of all rapes, app-linked or not, are reported to police, the NCA said.
Nevertheless, while app-related assaults were still rare, they were rising fast enough for the NCA to flag the emergence of “a new type of sexual offender.” Usually a man, he’s less likely than other sexual offenders to have committed any kind of crime before, but instead exploits the “ease of access and arm-chair approach” to meeting people that dating sites enable.
In Britain, attacks related to online dating increased almost six-fold over roughly the same period.
If the US and UK are experiencing the same trends, then online dating is indeed becoming more dangerous.