Dating over the computer

The gangs, operating under various company names, were spread across 13 provinces and cities in China, including Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzhen.Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.

Many online daters enlist their friends in an effort to put their best digital foot forward.

More than 300 men blackmailed by fraudsters posing as women on dating apps in Hong Kong The department of public security in southern Guangdong province was quoted as saying that the cases involved hundreds of thousands of customers and the fraud amounted to more than 1 billion yuan (US4 million). Police said they discovered in August that some dating apps were asking users to pay a “VIP charge” of 200 yuan to chat to “sexy girls”.

Chinese authorities seek to get tough on online dating scams with fresh move to target fake identities One of the apps, identified as Moucheng, defrauded over a million users who paid a total of 340 million yuan, the report said.

To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.

Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.

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