"It's unrealistic." Miss Arnold claims that people cannot hide who they really are when you meet them in person. But when those two people met, they had a head start, thanks to the individual profiles they were able to create and view.
While I strongly disagree with this assertion (people misrepresent themselves in person all the time, just watch political news), it should be pointed out that the online aspect of meeting someone does not remain "online." If the two people like each other, they meet. On their first date, there were many important questions already answered that could not have been if it were a first date with someone they had met at work or at a picnic.
Nothing is 100% safe but in life it is often not the tool that is the problem but the humans that misuse it.
For weeks, even months, you may chat back and forth with one another, forming a connection. But ultimately, it’s going to happen—your new-found “friend” is going to ask you for money.
So you send money..rest assured the requests won’t stop there.
Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.
But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, we want to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams.
And it wouldn't hurt if parishes and dioceses looked into offering matchmaking to Catholic singles—not online but through clergy, religious, and married lay Catholics who can perform introductions at church events.