And 16 percent still perceived online dating as "desperate."But it's not all bad.The majority of participants viewed online dating as the easiest way to find a match, and 29 percent knew someone who met their spouse or longterm partner through online dating.
The risk of internet dating
And yet, 45 percent of the people polled still saw online dating as "dangerous" compared to other ways of meeting people. Twenty-eight percent of users reported being contacted by someone who harassed them or made them feel uncomfortable.
Women were more likely to experience said harassment (which would explain why they are more likely to see online dating as dangerous).
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And while numbers on scams are similarly hard to come by, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center reported 5,600 cases of online dating scams back in 2011.