COLUMBIA, Mo - A 35 year old man was charged with kidnapping after taking a 19 year old girl against her will.
The women told investigators she met Michael Dickson, the suspect, thru the app called "Plenty of Fish." According to a recent study, one out of four couples meet online in the U.
But is dating online that different from the traditional methods on a psychological level?
For those actively looking for a relationship (or at least no-strings fun), there is no shortage of websites available, from straight up dating sites like OKCupid, e Harmony and Match to niche communities like Tastebuds (music matching), JDate (for Jewish singles) and even the eyebrow raising Clown Passions (you can guess).
If she had, it would have shown a history of arson and burglary charges from Weaver's tire services back in 2011, and that he was currently on parole.
Dickson reportedly told the victim, after picking her up from her house, he was now her "dominant," she was his "submissive." "As long as she did what he said, she would be ok." According to authorities, Dickson raped her and kept her from contacting her mother with her phone.
Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based.
Online dating services allow users to become "members" by creating a profile and uploading personal information including (but not limited to) age, gender, sexual orientation, location, and appearance.
Eventually that site and others joined the internet, and today, dating sites in the US draw nearly 30 million unique visitors per month.The concept of meeting in cyberspace predates the World Wide Web.The oldest dating site that's still around is Matchmaker, which started as a dial-up BBS in 1985 and ran on a Radio Shack TRS-80 with modems (above).While these sites vary in terms of features and cost, the basic setup is the same each time: you create a profile, upload a picture and then send out messages to those who seem your type.As a rule of thumb, women are inundated with messages and replies, while men barely get any, as demonstrated by a fascinating experiment involving dummy accounts on OKCupid here.A great diversity of online dating services currently exists.