As years have passed and technology has grown exponentially, social media has become widely used to every creative extent possible. People across the nation and world are now using online social media dating apps. These apps have become very popular in recent years and can be used by almost anyone looking for a relationship or even can be used for someone looking for just a friendship. Here, strangers connect with other strangers. Anyone can create account and talk to other people on the app even miles away through the convenience of their phone.
In a study conducted by Pew Research Center in October, “three-in-ten U.S. adults say they have ever used an online dating site or app – including 11% who have done so in the past year.” More data shown with another study done by the same Research Center show that “12% say they have married or been in a committed relationship with someone they first met through a dating site or app.”
Majority of these people using online dating site have had a college education or at least some of a college education in the United States.
Erika M., who uses an online dating app currently, shared her response to learning about a study done that majority of college graduates have met their significant other through a dating app.
“I actually met my ex-boyfriend during my college days. It was easy to meet new people because everyone was out on campus searching for friends and open to meeting new people. It never crossed my mind to make an account because of that reason. He also is my ex-boyfriend and some relationships don’t always work out so that might be another reason why college grads would make an account.” she said. “And, being a few years out of college, I don’t really have that opportunity anymore, so it is very convenient to be using an online dating app these days.”
Just like anything these days, to the many plus sides there are to something, come the many negatives and in this case it’s to online dating. Another reason people decide to make accounts on online dating apps is to solely harass people. Many women have claimed to receive harassing messages from senders that could be portraying as anyone. A negative to these online dating apps are that people can portray different people through pictures. Also known as catfishing. According to Urban Dictionary, a catfish is “a fake or stolen online identity created or used for the purposes of beginning a deceptive relationship.”
Stephanie G., a co-worker of Erika’s and a frequent user of a variety of online dating apps shared her experience with having an account for these apps.
“It’s not surprising that people go on these sites to troll and harass others, but it is very scary. I know the risks of joining these apps and am always very hesitant to share information with people I meet online and through these apps,” she responded. “I always try to look up who they are before agreeing to meet or even give out my cell phone number because you just can’t trust anyone because of how many crazy people are out there in our world. It also is very scary how others aren’t as I guess you can say super precautious. Knock on wood, I haven’t had a bad experience yet.”
Overall, majority of users can agree with Stephanie when she says she has only had a positive experience rather than negative from using online dating apps.
Whether that means they’ve found their significant other, a friendship, or just haven’t crossed the path of a dangerous person online dating apps will remain popular and continue to be widely used. It is good to know people have had more positive experiences than negative. It is still important to know the dangers of social media and posting things on the web when signing up for anything online, including online dating apps. Social media users should protect their privacy and themselves to be safe when using these apps.