With the number of online dating platforms increasing, meeting new partners can sometimes be a numbers game. Several studies have shown that online dating services are now the second most popular way to meet a romantic partner. And according to a Match.com survey, one in six couples married during the last three years met their significant other on an online dating service.

Statista Results of Meeting Online

Forty million Americans (40 percent of all singles) use online dating services, with 31% meeting their match in person for at least one or two dates.

However, online dating isn’t without its risks, and some people are still reluctant to join in on the growing trend. For the small group who hasn’t tried online dating, 48 percent are worried about their information security and 46 percent are worried about scams.

Below we’ve gathered some interesting facts and statistics all related to online dating and its safety.

Researching Your Date Online

77 percent of daters research matches regularly

It’s only natural, especially online, to do some research on your match. A study by JDP found that most people spend 15 minutes to half an hour investigating their match, with some people even researching for up to 45 minutes. Women usually search for a match’s criminal background and work history, while men are more interested in finding photos and videos.

72 percent of people research their match before the first date

The sweet spot of research happens after they’ve spoken to their match, but before they go on a date. One out of three people starts researching before they’ve even talked to their match!

88 percent of users do their research on Facebook

Facebook is the go-to source for people to research their matches, followed in order by Google, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Women were twice more likely than men to look at everything on their match’s profile.

Lying on Online Dating Platforms

53 percent of Americans fabricate some or all of their dating profile

More than half of American online dating users have lied on their profile in some way, according to Huffington Post. Fabrications include white lies and misleading information such as 20 percent of women using photos from when they were younger. Around 40 percent of men lie about their jobs and how much money they make.

19 percent of daters have lied about their sexual history

This is concerning given the rise in STD rates in the US. Around one in five people have lied about their dating history in general. Thanks to searching through a match’s social media accounts, 27 percent of men and 17 percent of women have been busted in a lie.

11 percent of people using online dating services are married

According to MSNBC, there are a number of people using dating apps that are either in a relationship or married. Marriage licences are public record, meaning dating apps could search them up, but so far none have come forward to say they check.

Statista Negative Online Dating Experience Results

A chart showing negative experiences with online dating apps or services in the US as of January 2018.

These online dating safety statistics paint dating apps in a pretty negative light, but the good news is it’s not all bad. A study by The Knot also found that 17 percent of marriages began online. The problems with online dating exist in identity verification and an emphasis on the quantity of matches rather than the quality. But these problems can be improved, and safe online dating can be achieved, with blockchain technology.

Safety and Verification on Blockchain

With blockchain, the issues of online dating safety and identity verification can be significantly reduced.

Dating app users can upload identity documents onto the blockchain, which will be time stamped and placed on a smart contract. Users will then receive a unique key that they can use to share their information with anyone of their choosing. In this way, a user has complete control over their own data but can ask other users for their information at any point.

Because of the immutability and efficiency of data transfer, a blockchain-based application opens up the possibility for people to share sensitive data as well. Blockchain technology could be used as a tool to help with STD and HIV awareness. Iffy.life allows users to upload their healthcare records onto the platform. IFFY also offers the ability to set a time limit on how long another user has access to records, or to revoke access altogether. Dating app users who want to know about their partner’s sexual health can simply exchange IFFY IDs and view their test results.

Blockchain can help improve online dating safety statistics by introducing a verification system. Having this technology in place will result in less time spent doing research, and more time spent getting to know quality matches.