All of this information, in the wrong hands, can be used to track online dating users and their families online and offline, to crack their accounts by guessing passwords, for blackmail, and more.
What’s more, this risky sharing happens faster than you might expect.
Is the profile crucial to the success of online dating? Many share photos of themselves or their loved ones this way – 15% using online dating have shared photos of their family publicly by displaying them on their profile and 17% have shared photos of their friends.
Even more worryingly, one-in-ten (9%) have even shared intimate photos of themselves publicly on their profile, literally exposing themselves to the danger of having their precious or sensitive images mistreated by total strangers.
Online dating provides users with the ideal place to meet people that have similar likes, dislikes and character traits to them.
It improves the chances of a user actually liking the person they’re going to meet on a date (because they can search for people that meet certain criteria), and, if you believe the online dating services themselves, an increasing number of people are also now finding lasting and meaningful relationships online.
Attitudes towards dating apps and services have grown progressively more positive in recent years.
This tech-savvy age group is likely embracing online dating as a way to meet interesting new people while balancing busy professional lives.
Meanwhile, people that class themselves as the head of a company or business owners make up a surprisingly large one-in-ten (11%) of the online dating population.
Are online daters giving away too much about themselves?
Are they, through online dating, exposing themselves and their devices to malicious people – or indeed malware – all too easily?