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Understanding the Dangers of Online Dating When You Live in a Rural Area

Understanding the Dangers of Online Dating When You Live in a Rural Area

Dating can be a tad bit difficult, especially for people who live in rural areas. Considering that the next-door neighbor maybe a few kilometers away, it is extremely difficult to meet new people, probably fall in love, and live happily ever after.

But, who says your soulmate has to be a few minutes away or has to be a member of your book club? 

The exciting thing about love is that it can happen anywhere and at any time. And people who live in rural areas are aware of this possibility and are not giving up on love–as they have turned to online dating as a means to find “the one.” However, while this option may be the best alternative given the circumstance, you shouldn’t be ignorant of its risks and dangers. 

So, before you download a dating app, create a profile, and select the best photos of yourself, you should know that online dating isn’t all glam and glitz. In the best-case scenario, your partner isn’t completely honest about their likes and dislikes. This is not to scare you but to inform you of every possibility to fully prepare and protect you from handling the worst situations. 

Here are a few dangers of online dating; 


Sexual assault;

At some point, you would want to see the person you have been dating online physically, and it’s understandable. However, no matter how sweet the person may be over-chat, keep in mind that you never know the true intentions of someone you meet online. For all you know, they might be a serial rapist. There have been many cases of people being nearly raped or raped by someone they met online. If you decide on a meeting, never go alone; always meet in a public space and share your location with trusted persons. 


Human trafficking;

Sadly, traffickers use social media to lure young people into situations or places to get them trafficked. This isn’t to scare you away from meeting people online but to enable you to understand the risks and dangers. To keep safe from traffickers, do extensive research on the person’s job via their social media accounts before the meeting. Also, always meet in public spaces and do not leave your food or drink unattended–traffickers can drug your drink and food. 



The cyber-world isn’t as safe as one may like to believe. Many people have fallen victims to identity theft, fraud and have lost their life savings through many dating sites. As much as you may like to trust your online partner, do not disclose personal information about yourself. No matter how in love you may be with someone you met online, do not give out your home address, bank details, social security number, and any other details that give someone access to your life. It’s unfortunate to find out the damage people have suffered due to identity theft. And the worst part is that you are unaware it is happening until it is too late. Some people on these dating sites would pretend to genuinely care for you and then start demanding money or nude pictures. Please, do not send any of these.


Fake accounts;

People on the internet are not always honest about who they are. It might interest you to know that people lure others into a relationship using a fake online persona–a term known as CAT-FISH. You might be in an online relationship with a single person, but in reality, you discover that you are the side dish, and they are married with kids. Not only would you be disappointed by such deceit, but you would also be left with a broken heart. To protect yourself against being scammed by fake profiles, google search the person by their full name and profile picture. If the name and picture don’t match the search, it might be a fake page. Also, if you’ve been “dating” someone for a long time and they refuse to meet in person, it could be an indication that they are not who they say they are.


Mismatched intentions;

In this age and time, dating sites are no longer used for what they are intended for. Sadly, many people use dating sites for popularity contests–they chat with other people to boost their egos or their social media following. Dating sites are created to meet interesting people to date and possibly start a relationship. It is a waste of time if you talk to somebody who is not interested in the same thing. So, to reduce the risk of meeting people who do not have the same intentions as you, stick to paid dating sites. People looking for a popularity contest are mostly on free dating sites.


I’m not saying that online dating is all bad. Online dating can be fun and exciting. Many people have enjoyed relationships and even gotten married from meeting online. However, with online dating, you need to be extra careful not to fall victim to identity theft, sexual harassment, and fraud. By setting certain boundaries such as; doing research, meeting publicly, not sharing personal details, and blocking any suspicious person, you can meet genuinely nice people and enjoy your online relationship to the fullest. 

  • PA

    Online dating in rural areas can present certain dangers that individuals should be aware of. While it offers the opportunity to connect with potential partners, there are risks involved. Some of these dangers include sexual assault, human trafficking, fraud, fake accounts, and mismatched intentions. It is crucial to prioritize personal safety by meeting in public places, sharing your location with trusted individuals, conducting thorough research on potential partners, and being cautious with personal information. By setting boundaries and taking necessary precautions, individuals can navigate online dating while minimizing risks.

  • MI

    I deliberately moved to the countryside, it was my choice and I realized that finding a soul mate for me would become even more difficult, although it was difficult for me when I lived in the city. I’m a frequent guest on dating sites and saw a lot of obvious deception there, when they tried to send me various dubious links under the guise of a beautiful girl and asked me to follow them. Fortunately, I’m a very vigilant guy and I was lucky never to fall victim to scammers on online dating.

  • SA
    Sarah J

    I’m from a rural area and when I went to university in another state, my dad just couldn’t find a place for himself because he wouldn’t be able to control my online dating. It always seemed to me that he exaggerates the danger, but after reading this article, I realized that the world can be more dangerous than I imagine it, since we are even talking about human trafficking.

  • AL

    My girlfriend and I met on the Internet and we are doing well. But she’s so naive and I always tell her that she was lucky to get to know me, because the other guy could have been anyone and with her gullibility, she could easily have suffered because of it. I’m in favor of having as many such articles as possible!

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    Alexandra Yakovleva

    While reading this article, I immediately remembered the strict tone of my father, who reluctantly let me go to parties and told me never to drink drinks that were opened and poured not in front of my eyes. I certainly didn’t take it seriously then, but now I understand that he knew what he was talking about. and it’s so great that you touch on such topics in your articles. By the way, as a result, I also met my husband on the Internet, I was lucky. But anything really happens.

  • RO

    Online dating can be a great way to meet new people and potentially find love, but it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers. This article does a great job of highlighting the specific dangers that rural residents may face when using online dating sites and apps. It’s essential to take precautions, such as researching the person before meeting them, being cautious about sharing personal information, and never sending money to someone you haven’t met in person. Overall, this article serves as a helpful reminder to be vigilant when online dating, no matter where you live.

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    Ana Rys

    This article about dangers of online dating is very well-written. It’s no doubts important to remember about it when using such apps. Among all the listed dangers the author described, I find the ones of potential assaults and fraud most paramount. Indeed, you can never be too careful when you go on a meeting with a person you only spoke to online. It may end up very badly. As for fraud, it’s quite understandable. The person tricks you into giving your personal details, then disappears. Later you learn that money was stolen from your bank account. Not a pleasant thing at all. So I find this article very useful for those who think online dating is a cool thing. Sometimes it really is but more often it’s bad idea to look for true love there.

  • MU

    Online dating can be a double-edged sword, with the potential for both wonderful experiences and dangerous encounters. It’s important to be aware of the risks, especially when living in a rural area where the dating pool may be smaller and the opportunity for fraud or abuse greater. As with any online activity, it’s crucial to take precautions to protect oneself, such as using a reputable dating site, researching the person before meeting, and always being vigilant of red flags. It’s heartening to see that this article is spreading awareness about these dangers, as education is key to staying safe in the online dating world.

    Regenerate response

  • ST
    Stacy Haze

    That’s some serious list! I knew about rape and fraud possibilities, but that catfish thing surprised me! Who would think that people can be that cunning and for what? Why go to such lengths as fake photo? That’s beyond me. Human trafficking… I don’t know, sounds a bit too dramatic. I mean, I know this is a thing, but using apps for online dating for it? Sorry, just can’t believe that.
    Personally, I have only bad experience with online dating. Unfortunately, I met only men who clearly had rats in the attic. Mostly about everything connected with sexual part of life.

  • ER

    I met my wife via online dating and we have been together for 20 years. This is the second marriage for both of us.

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