Meeting, dating, breaking up and making up can teach you a lot about yourself and your values when it comes to committing yourself to one person.
We all have different attitudes and values about dating and relationships.
You can better know and understand your attitude about dating by taking the quiz below.
Attitudes are shaped by a number of factors: family, friends, religion, culture, and especially the media.
Remember that there are no right or wrong answers, only that our values can change based on these influences.
Websites like My Match Checker already aim to protect online daters by offering background checks specifically targeted towards people using sites like Ok Cupid and Tinder—but these cost money, and they require knowing your potential suitor's real name. "It's a tricky situation," says Scott Berkowitz, the president and founder of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), echoing the NCA study's wariness about the potential danger in the "increased trust and intimacy" that can develop in online relationships—a little more than half the reported incidents began with communication that included "sexual content" before a face-to-face meeting.
"I think that it's fairly easy to tell the creeps and to stay away from them, but that's not where the biggest worry is," Berkowitz says.
Offenders have adapted to the parameters and conventions of online dating: The NCA report notes that online dating has "produced a new type of sexual offender" who is less likely to have prior criminal convictions.
This morning, the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) released frightening research for the one in ten adults who spend over an hour a day browsing online dating sites: Sexual assaults initiated by strangers met on dating sites and apps have increased dramatically over the last five years.
According to the study, titled "Emerging new threat in online dating: Initial trends in internet dating-initiated serious sexual assaults," reports of "online dating initiated sexual offences" increased from 33 incidents in 2009 to 184 incidents in 2014—that's six-fold.
Eighty-five percent of victims were women, and 42 percent of female victims were between the ages of 20 and 29.
Although the report is quick to note that online dating platforms "offer relatively safe and positive opportunities for individuals to meet prospective partners," it nevertheless also highlights the difficulty of preventing sexual assaults that originate in the deceptive spaces of online dating platforms, where strangers are not framed as strangers who could easily be lying to you but as potential soul mates.