“Those days are gone now that matches are instantly won, lost and unmatched and a catalogue roster of willing victims await when things don't go precisely the way one might want them to play out.
This, in turn, has lowered people's ability to compromise and tolerance of anything less than perfect is now non-existent.” Barbara Bloomfield, a counsellor at Relate relationship services,says she thinks people in today’s world are yearning for a deeper connection but “the speed of superficiality of modern dating can work against that”.
And the National Police Chiefs' Council's lead on violence and public protection, Deputy Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Andy Cooke, said: "The rising popularity of online dating apps and websites has contributed to an increase in the number of recorded crimes.
We strongly encourage users to report offences and seek support if they become a victim of any type of crime.
“I think you have to have a thick skin and be prepared for rejection and to reject people - you're meeting someone based on their photos and their texting small talk (people have longer to compose and think through a message unlike in real life).” Despite the negative feelings some have towards dating apps and websites, there is no doubt that they are here to stay for the meantime.
Technology is ever evolving so these inventive ways of finding people to date are unlikely to diminish.
Reports of violent and sexual crimes were the most common, with 253 allegations of violence against the person and 152 reports of sex offences, including grooming, rapes and the sexual exploitation of children.
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