Consumer reports and online dating

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Unfortunately, most victims don’t file a police report, and no database tracks the number of sexual assaults that are linked to online dating.

About 40 million people in the United States used at least one dating mobile application or website in 2012, according to Statistic Brain, which is a research company.

Even so, says an error in one of the databases meant that the name of Markin’s attacker wouldn’t have appeared on the list of sex offenders anyway.

That’s troublesome when you consider how many consumers place their trust in these services to build a relationship, find a date or just meet a new friend.

If you're looking to get married, you'll want to choose a service with similarly marriage minded singles, such as eharmony.

If you prefer lighthearted fun and flirtation you may also enjoy sites such as Zoosk that cater to singles that prefer to keep things casual.

The study found that, in reality, the sites just pair you with people who live in your geographic vicinity.

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