Over the past four years, 17 people in the Greater Manchester area have reported being raped after using one of two apps, Grindr and Tinder, according to police statistics obtained by Leech through a freedom of information request.A total of 58 people were victims of online dating-related crimes in those four years, some of them sexual. For context, in 2012 the area had an overall average of 243 sexual assaults and rapes every month.) Many apps offer a page of advice for safe dating.John Leech thinks the situation is new, and dangerous.
Decisions to meet arise from limited information: A convenient location; a sultry glance captured in pixels; a mutual interest in “banter.” In 2014, Tinder users were spending as long as 90 minutes a day on the site.Eager to be matched, those users may likely skip through the terms, conditions and miss out on the fact that e Harmony, like many other dating sites, does not conduct criminal background checks, although they reserve the right to.“But you can do your own little investigation,” said Robles.That fear was directed toward men at bars, a classic setting where singles meet. Goodbar’ came out, a lot of women stopped going to bars. Adelman thinks online dating can actually be a good thing if used well, and has the potential to be safer than dating a stranger met in public.That’s mainly because there’s potential of being on equal footing.