5 Reasons Online Dating is Safer than You Think With 54 million singles in America, and 40 million of them using online dating services, it’s clear that online dating has moved from a trend to an integral part of American culture. For years it was stigmatized as ‘unsafe’ and a place for ‘desperate singles.’ However, now that more and more people are utilizing online resources, these stigmas have begun to fade. Instead of dismissing internet dating, people are connecting every day. In fact, nearly 1/5 couples married recently met online. With proper habits and precautions, online dating can actually be safer than ‘traditional’ dating. Here are 5 reasons online dating is safer than you think. Search Settings Now, pretty much every dating site has adjustable search settings. This way you can filter results by location, age, and other aspects that may be important to you. This way you can make a personal checklist of qualities that will make you feel comfortable, and all of the profiles you view will have matched your requirements. Linked Accounts Social Media sites like Facebook and Instagram make it very easy for us to get a glimpse into the lives and habits of people. It’s much simpler to find people with fake profiles, scammers and predators because you’ll see red flags all over their social media accounts, or they won’t have any. If someone refuses to share their social media accounts with you, there’s a good chance they’re hiding something, and it’s time to move on. In-site/In-app messaging Every reputable dating site offers free messaging within their services. This way you don’t have to give away any private information like phone numbers, email addresses, etc. It’s a safe and neutral place where you can chat with your connections and find out if there is any chemistry. Less Pressure People often get nervous when they are put under pressure in social situations. How many dates were held because it was rude, awkward, or just too hard to say no to someone’s face? Online daters actually spend more time talking with their matches before meeting up. This gives you the chance to get to know each other, and search out any red-flags that could come up when you meet face to face. Background Checks Have you ever joked that you wish you could give your dates a background check before you meet up? Well now you can. Not only can you look through their linked social media accounts, but now you can sign up for a service that includes comprehensive background checks as a part of the member sign up process. This negates the possibility for fake profiles, and anyone with a violent history, sexual predators, and scam artists are unable to gain access to your profile.