It was one of the world’s largest and most secure paedophile networks – an online space where tens of thousands traded horror.The website dealt in abuse; video and images of children, swapped and boasted about on a dark-web forum, accessible only through an encrypted browser. Quiet accounts raised suspicion and could be suddenly terminated.The House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet held a hearing in my home town yesterday: "Chatting On-Line: A Dangerous Proposition for Children." Six witnesses came to Kalamazoo, Michigan and described the perils of on-line chat to Rep. Personally, I like the idea of us, though some disagree.
The best numbers I found were from a phone survey of 1,501 children, ages 10 to 17, who used the internet regularly.
Of them, 19% had "received an unwanted sexual solicitation" (imprecisely defined) but only 3% had been solicited with "attempts or requests for offline contact" or actual offline contact.
from Brooklyn, NY for suggesting this week’s topic: Online dating, once a fringe and stigmatized activity, is now over a $2 billion industry.
Over 40 million Americans have given online dating a try, and over a of the American couples married between 20 met online.
The way the current trend is heading, what will dating be like in 2030, and will that be a better or worse time to be on the dating market than 1995? I think the term “online dating” is part of the problem and makes people who don’t know much about it think it refers to people forming entire relationships online and only meeting in person much later.