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And while it’s true that being older and single means you face a “thin” romantic market, both on the Web and off, the sheer scale of online dating mitigates this.
After all, the best way to beat long odds is to take lots of chances, and even for older users, dating sites provide millions of romantic options.
Also, people almost universally pick public places for their initial online dates: coffee shops, restaurants and the like.It’s very deliberate — after all, you’re looking for a partner through an interface — and that creates a safer environment. This premise is so well-worn that sites like Tinder, Hinge and Coffee Meets Bagel offer little information about users beyond a collection of pictures and a two-line profile.“Online services enable a downright Seinfeld-ian level of superficial nitpickiness,” one Fortune article lamented.This assumption is so prevalent that MTV has an entire show, “Catfish,” devoted to investigating whether people in online relationships are representing themselves honestly to their partners.In one extreme example of an online lie, Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o was tricked a few years ago into virtually dating a woman who never existed.
Although there are no comprehensive numbers, executives with other sites report similarly low levels of abuse.