Negative Effects Of Online Dating

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Millions of people are using online dating sites to seek for partners in this era of digital technology. Dating sites are commonly used by people all around the world. There are various risks of meeting potential mates online. This paper investigates the negative impacts brought by online dating, and to what extent do they affect online users. It is discovered that there are eight main harmful aspects impacting the people and society.

Keywords: online dating, risks, virtual relationship

1. Introduction
According to the Maslow’s hierarchy of basic needs, humans require physiological, safety, social, self-esteem and self-actualization in life (Mazanderani, 2012). The need of love is one of the basic needs for human beings. The main concern about love is searching for the right person. So how exactly do people find their partners? Most people meet their potential partners in their social circles, such as school and office (Rosenfield & Thomas, 2012). However, the number of potential partners in a person’s social circle can be very limited. People spend a lot of time on internet every day. Besides that, mobile technology is evolving quickly all around the world. Smartphones are now a necessity for most people in daily life. Based on a survey, 77% of the respondents claim that it is important to have access to their smartphones all the time whereas 92% of them say that they would rather having their smartphones with them instead of bringing debit cards or credit cards
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