ST. GEORGE – Online dating can be a person’s best or worst dating experience depending on a number of factors. The main concern? Stay safe. Luckily for Utah residents, Utah has just been ranked the fifth safest state for online dating in the United States.
Nineteen percent of Americans currently use a dating app or website, according to Statistical, and 10 percent of adults in the United States have met their partner or spouse online.
Although there is hope to find happiness by swiping to the right, many people have mixed feelings about online dating afraid to try it due to security concerns.
“With my luck, I would probably end up with a serial killer,” said Victoria George, who prefers meeting people the old-fashioned way.
And the concern surrounding online dating is justified. The medium is littered with people who lie, catfish (entice someone with a fictional online character), send unsolicited and inappropriate images. In fact, 29% of online daters said they had concerns for their security at some point, according to Statista.
Fortunately, Utah daters don’t have to be so worried. In a study on online dating safety, the state has been one of the top five safest states for years.
The to study, conducted by HighSpeedInternet.com and SafeWise, examines the most recent statistics from the FBI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on violent crime, cybercrime, gonorrhea and chlamydia and compares them to population estimates for each state.
The five safest states are Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Idaho, and Utah, while the most dangerous states are Alaska, New Mexico, Louisiana, Nevada, and Utah. Arkansas.
There can be a number of reasons for a state’s rank. The study suggests that one of the reasons behind Utah’s rank is its large Mormon population; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints strongly encourages members to practice abstinence before marriage, which is probably why the state also has the fifth lowest rate of sexually transmitted diseases.
A contributing factor is whether or not a state provides sex education and / or contraception education. States that do not require sex education and contraception education tend to have higher rates of STDs and teenage pregnancy. This is certainly the case with Louisiana and Arkansas, which are among the five poorest states in the United States and do not require contraceptive education.
According to Utah State Board of Education, Utah requires schools to provide sex education, but has a membership requirement so that students only learn the material if their parents sign an authorization form. While contraceptive education is permitted but not compulsory, in most states all instruction is abstinence-based and teachers are required to focus on abstinence as the primary form of birth control and birth control. safe sex. Canyons, Jordan, Nebo and Provo are currently restricted areas.
Utah has the fifth lowest rate of STDs per capita. In 2016, Utah had 2,100 cases of gonorrhea, making it the 43rd in the country; and it was No. 46 in the country for chlamydia with 9,457 cases out of a population of around 3 million.
Read more: Gonorrhea skyrockets not as huge as chlamydia levels in southern Utah – 2015
Of course, it is important to use all the necessary precautions when it comes to STDs, whether or not online dating.
Lying and fake accounts are also a problem with online dating. Statista found that 34% of online daters discovered that someone had lied to them about their identity or had tricked them. Global Web Index conducted a study and found that 42% of Tinder users are already married or in a relationship.
But not everything about online dating is bad; many people find themselves in happy and successful relationships through online dating. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2016, 5% of Americans who were married or in a long-term relationship said they had met online.
“Online dating has been a success for me, I’m still with the guy I met,” said Cassie Parker.
The prospect of meeting someone through online dating should not be sacrificed for fear of a dangerous encounter. Eharmony has four tips for safer online dating:
- Meet in a public place.
- Tell someone where the meeting is taking place and with whom.
- Drive separate cars and don’t get caught up on a date.
- It’s important to stay sober, especially on a first date.
While there are thousands of dating sites out there, a few of the most popular are match.com, OkCupid, PlentyOfFish, and Tinder, all of which are owned by CAI, a media and internet company that owns more than 150 brands and products, eight of which are online dating platforms.
Craigslist was one of many online dating platforms until March 23, when its administrators made a decision to remove their personal ads section in response to a bill recently passed by Congress, the Empower States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act 2017, which became law in April of this year. The law provides that websites are subject to criminal and civil liability for content promoting prostitution and sex trafficking published by third-party users on their site.
Craigslist’s personal ads section has been used by people looking to meet, date, or have casual sex with other people who responded to their ad since 1995, the early days of online dating.
It’s easy to see why people have such different opinions about online dating. Stories, stats, and personal experience can all help explain why a person may choose to brave or not brave the world of online dating. While not everyone who tries online dating is successful, at least Utah is a good place to try.
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