Earlier this year, according to a report by , four men in Texas were accused of using the popular gay dating app Grindr to lure gay men and assault them in their homes.
While dating and hookup apps can seem like a lot of fun on the surface, there are plenty of horror stories out there that will make even the most carefree people think twice about their personal safety.
I could see that he had a Facebook friend with whom I'd gone to college.
When I asked about that, he told me that the guy was a good friend of his.
Here are a few safety tips you should know before you go looking for love online, with some reassurances from seasoned "virtual" daters. Wait until you actually meet the person and build up a level of trust before you share your address, phone number or real email address.
(You typically use an encrypted email on these sites.) Stay local.