I have been writing about online dating for over seven years and have seen it grow into a multi-billion dollar industry. In the early days it was infested with perverts and others with ill intent. Then, there was a period where it cleaned up a bit and became a viable way to find a mate.
In more recent years, it has again mostly become corrupted, not by perverts but by greedy basement entrepreneurs intent on stealing your money or causing you harm. They have no qualms about the harm they cause individuals not only financially but also in the matters of the heart. They leave some people heart broken and burdened with trust and other issues.
One recent example came to my attention of a man using the Plenty of Fish dating site. He contacted several matches and was repeatedly scammed after responding to several of the mostly fake profiles. It was bad enough this guy had his heart broken after several attempts, but after one apparently promising online relationship, he was left broken, despondent and considering suicide.
Why I no longer recommend online dating?
Money is one thing and can be replaced. A life, on the other hand, is unique and precious. If there are people driven to suicide because of their online dating experiences, I can no longer condone or promote any activity that risks the life of one single person.
If you insist on using online dating apps and websites, you must exercise extreme caution.