Danger of online dating statistics
But Leech wants other protections, like giving users alerts about potential risks before they ever begin chatting with strangers.
Is this scaremongering, or is online dating truly putting users in danger?
Nevertheless, while app-related assaults were still rare, they were rising fast enough for the NCA to flag the emergence of “a new type of sexual offender.” Usually a man, he’s less likely than other sexual offenders to have committed any kind of crime before, but instead exploits the “ease of access and arm-chair approach” to meeting people that dating sites enable.
Bumble is a dating app founded by former co-founder of Tinder, Whitney Wolfe, and is marketed as a feminist dating app where users have options of searching for romantic matches or, in "BFF mode", friends.
The same survey also found that dating platform or app usage was more popular with male internet users than among female ones.
Dating sites and apps were most popular among younger internet users - 14 percent of U. internet users aged 18 to 34 years were currently using dating sites or apps and a further 29 percent had done so previously.
In the US, overall incidents of sexual violence have fallen by 63% since 1993, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
By contrast, the UK’s Office for National Statistics has recorded an increase in sexual assaults since 2012.