You may believe it’s better to have too many than too few choices, but that’s not the case when it comes to dating.
One psychologist calls it the, the Paradox of Choice, and it says that when you’re given too many options, you get overwhelmed and end up focusing on superficial differences.
If you don’t want to click the link, here’s a quick summary of the report: “Use some goddamned common sense.” Okay, so you probably figure you’re neither dumb nor desperate enough to fall for scams like these. Woo hoo, score one victory for the online dater, right? Hailing down on their own parade, Match admitted that the background checks may do little good.
And hey, mad props to you for being such an exemplary case of human savvy. As a site representative put it, while “these checks may help in certain instances, they remain highly flawed, and it is critical that this effort does not provide a false sense of security to our members.” Thanks, Match. Or was this a subtle “fuck off” to all your dissatisfied daters? Just be wary of the human scum you may come across. The person you meet may not be the person you were corresponding with.
The internet is peppered with stories like these, and it’s become such a serious issue that the FBI has released a press report on how to recognize an online dating scam artist. In 2011, Match finally announced that they would start implementing background checks.While we’re on the topic of fake profiles, let’s talk about the rise in scams.A recent British study found that, in just the United Kingdom alone, online dating scams clobber 230,000 people a year, with a total damage of billion per year.What I uncovered were some harsh realities about online dating that no one ever talks about.After the jump, some things you might not have known… Most of the member profiles you’ll find are inactive.