Sign up for AARP's monthly Lifestyle newsletter for entertainment news, healthy living tips and more. Remember when dating was relatively simple? Technology has changed much of that. While there are still some people who can brag about a meet-cute at a dog park, the rise in online dating has turned traditional courtship on its end.
3. Americans’ opinions about the online dating environment
Americans’ opinions about online dating | Pew Research Center
And modern dating is making us even more vulnerable than ever: A study in the UK reported that reports of rape linked to online dating increased percent between and , according to Vice News. Everyone takes some risks when it comes to finding love, but you should never take risks that will put you in physical danger. Follow these rules of thumb when you are getting to know someone new. Always let roommates, friends and family members know when you plan to go out on a date. If anything changes regarding your whereabouts during the course of the evening, let them know right away. Remember Hours? Not only will this decrease your chances of being put in an unsafe situation, but other people may also remember you being in that location, in the event something does happen to you.
How to Stay Safe While Dating
This crime prevention section is the summary of a 2 part section dedicated to Safety While on a Date. Dating is a method of finding companionship with someone with whom you feel physically and emotionally safe. Dating is a time of novelty, excitement and infatuation, but it can be dangerous if your path intersects with a sexual predator or abusive intimate partner.
Dating violence can take place in person, online, or through technology. It is a type of intimate partner violence that can include the following types of behavior:. Teen dating violence has profound impact on lifelong health, opportunity, and well-being. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. The good news is violence is preventable and we can all help young people grow up violence-free.