If you want to think about dating as a numbers game (and apparently many people do), you could probably swipe left/right between 10 – 100 times in the span of time that it would take you to interact with one potential date in ‘real-life’.

With the popularity of sites like e Harmony, match.com, OKcupid and literally thousands of similar others, the stigma of online dating has diminished considerably in the last decade.

It’s estimated that by 2040, 70% of us will have met our significant other online.

The US Association of Psychological Science found that reviewing multiple candidates causes people to be more judgmental, and inclined to dismiss a not-quite-perfect candidate than they otherwise would be in a face-to-face meeting. Many of the pictures of the women I have met had much younger pictures on their profile.

I'd guess 5-10 years younger than they actually are. I also agree on most of the points about safety and security for women, but men can be scammed and robbed by women purporting to be interested in them. One other point - why does Psy Today allow comments like those posted?

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A total of 53% of US participants admitted to having lied in their online dating profile.

Women apparently lied more than men, with the most common dishonesties being about looks.

Over 20% of women posted photos of their younger selves. Their most common lies revolved around their financial situation, specifically, about having a better job (financially) than they actually do.

More than 40% of men indicated that they did this, but the tactic was also employed by nearly a third of women.

Of course there are pitfalls and tripwires in every sphere of life, but this may be particularly true in the context of online dating.