But a small minority of people (you don’t even know if they are really men or women) exploit the fervent desires of people who are looking for someone; people looking for love expose themselves to being vulnerable and can be easily tricked and manipulated.The 2010 documentary film, Catfish exposes for the viewer how rampant deception and fraud are on the Internet.In the article, a team of psychological scientists aims to get at the truth behind online dating, identifying the ways in which online dating may benefit or undermine singles’ romantic outcomes.There are people with integrity who use the Internet to look for a partner.
The Wall Street Journal published an article (May 4, 2011) titled, “Is Dream Date a Scam?” It pointed out that even sophisticated people can be taken in by Internet dating scams.Many websites claim that they can help you find your “soulmate.” But do these online dating services live up to all the hype?Not exactly, according to an article to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
It merits a minor investment of your time, modest expectations, and a lot of healthy skepticism. All you see on the Internet is the tiny window of information people are willing to show.
Remember, some people on the Internet are complete phonies (or worse), so use it with a healthy degree of caution and awareness.