This experience was less commonly reported by Australian men (16%) but was still encountered by a significant number. Nearly half of those people who have negative experiences choose to ignore them but some people are more seriously affected.
Over one third of people who have a negative experience stop using the dating site/app concerned and in a small minority of cases (6% in Australia and 3% in New Zealand) the incident is serious enough for people to report it to the police.
23 % men in Australia and 24% in New Zealand said they had encountered people on dating sites with highly misrepresentative profiles.In New Zealand, men were more likely to complain of meeting people who asked them for money (25%).Disclaimers and references: Symantec Corporation, the world’s leading cyber security company, allows organizations, governments, and people to secure their most important data wherever it lives. Symantec, the Symantec Logo, the Checkmark Logo, Norton, Norton by Symantec, Life Lock, and the Lockman Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the United States and other countries. Microsoft and the Windows logo are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.More than 50 million people and families rely on Symantec’s Norton and Life Lock comprehensive digital safety platform to help protect their personal information, devices, home networks, and identities. The Android robot is reproduced or modified from work created and shared by Google and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.A significant minority of men readily admit to behaving badly.
15% of male online daters in Australia and 12% in New Zealand admit that they have used online dating sites to have an affair behind their partner’s back.Almost 60% of all Australians and New Zealanders feel the need for website owners to do more to protect users.This number indicates that as with regular dating, online dating has its risks too.When you post something online, it’s out there for everyone to see.While there are many genuinely nice men and women out there looking for a soul mate, there are some nefarious characters too. As with anything in life, your first line of defence is your instinct.Leave a paper trail As tempting as it may be to rush into the first date before really getting to know each other online, gathering some basic information about your date is important.