But despite the occasional bad press, the numbers suggest that online dating is very safe.
Ok Cupid creates something like 30,000 first dates every day, and complaints about dangerous meetings are extremely rare.
Time magazine editors found the notion of men dating women in their 30s so baffling that they invited 15 experts to explain the phenomenon.
But as I learned at Ok Cupid, men don’t necessarily end up dating young women, even if they think they’re gorgeous.
People have always sought out casual sex — flings are key plot points in “Pride and Prejudice” (1813) and “The Fires of Autumn” (1942).
One sociologist found that college-age students are having no more sex today than they were in 1988.
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Men on the site tend to message women closer to their own age; very few men over 30 actually reach out to 20-year-old women.