The hazzards of online dating

Here’s the latest “Parents, Please Commence Freaking Out” video.It tneiisskty reminds me of the Joey Salads video, obviously, but also of the parents who had their 6 year old snatched, blindfolded and led down into a basement where the “kidnapper” threatened to nail him to the wall — all to teach him not to talk to strangers.So, like the Joey Salads video that showed a man going to the playground and luring children off to see his puppy, it’s not that this cannot be done.It’s that the whole “experiment” is premised on the idea that this is a common scenario. But it sure feels that way, thanks to videos like this. According to the Pew Research Center, the overwhelming majority of Americans suggest that online dating is a good way to meet people.

There are indeed over 750,000 registered sex offenders, but the majority of people on the registry do not pose a threat to kids. Here’s a piece in The Economist quoting a study done by the Georgia Sex Offender Registration Review Board (not a state that’s soft on crime).

The popularity of online dating is being driven by several things, but a major factor is time.

Online dating presents an effective solution to a serious problem.

If you want to think about dating as a numbers game (and apparently many people do), you could probably swipe left/right between 10 to 100 times in the span of time that it would take you to interact with one potential date in ‘real life’.

With the popularity of sites like e Harmony,, Ok Cupid and countless others, the stigma of online dating has diminished considerably in the last decade.

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