Online dating and intimacy

The UK's National Crime Agency recently reported that sexual assault associated with online dating had increased by six-hundred percent.

That's a shocking statistic at odds with what has become an accepted way to meet people romantically.

As the police say, get to know the person and not the profile.

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Mary Aiken: Lots of people have a positive experience of online dating.

One of the criticisms of my book is that I showcase a lot of negative content in terms of all things cyber. We have an army of marketers over here telling us it’s all good. So the NCA which is the National Crime Agency in the UK, police force, recently issued a report to say that there has been a six-fold increase in sexual assaults associated with online dating.

Though to be clear, sex without consent is a crime.

When a cyber encounter moves offline into the real world, there are four identities parties must navigate: two real identities and two cyber identities, i.e.

It’s a little like what we call stranger on the train syndrome.