Friday 27 April 2018

Eilis O'Hanlon: Looking for love online works for some but poses a host of dangers

Online predators can check out hundreds of available women on dating sites before picking the ideal target
Online predators can check out hundreds of available women on dating sites before picking the ideal target

If time really was money, we'd all be paupers. In a busy world, there's never enough of it to go round. Meeting new people is particularly difficult when so many of the old social links which brought strangers together in the past have been broken, and increasing numbers of us now work alone, at home, or in part-time jobs, at unsocial hours.

No wonder then that one-in-five relationships now begins online. Terrifyingly, looking for love on the internet also brings with it a whole host of new dangers.

No one yet knows what really happened to 37-year-old Elaine O'Hara, whose skeletal remains were discovered in the foothills of the Dublin mountains a year after her disappearance – but following speculation about the circumstances leading to her death, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has now issued a timely warning to women to "exercise reasonable caution and care" on the internet "as in every other facet of life".

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