Online services are an easy, convenient and relatively safe way of forming a relationship, the National Crime Agency said.
But the rapport you can build so rapidly through texts and email also has a dark side because the online services also are producing a "new type of sexual offender." These offenders are less likely to already have a criminal record than most stranger rapists.
These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. While their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk. You’re contacted online by someone who appears interested in you.
He or she may have a profile you can read or a picture that is e-mailed to you.
Just two years ago, American adults ages 18 to 24 used online-dating sites and apps at an average rate for all American adults—about 10 percent. College-aged and post-college-aged Americans are now the most likely demographic to turn to the technology.Rates of single-person households – the majority of which, researchers believe, are occupied by a person not in a relationship – have risen sharply since the 1970s.According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number will continue to increase by around 63 per cent over the next 20 years or so, from 2.1 million households in 2011 to almost 3.4 million in 2036.It’s too simple to say that, once, college students met each other in person.College was scaffolded with social activities meant to introduce strangers to other strangers, whether it was speed dating or fraternity-sorority hang-outs.Rapes related to online dating increased by nearly a factor of six -- from 33 in 2009 to 184 in 2014 -- according to a report released Monday by the UK's National Crime Agency.