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Six heartbreaking truths about online dating privacy

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How nice of them to have an open bar at their wedding! The man who told the woman — a young cancer scientist at an urban university — that she should dumb herself down and stick with discussions of pop culture lest men feel intimidated and decline to propose to her.

He kept texting like a stalker, too, all but begging for another date. All those anecdotes are true, by the way, either personally experienced or heard from reliable sources by a veteran journalist who works for the crack PYMNTS investigative digital dating team.

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Can Facebook help bring more sanity — or, more accurately, a better sense of safety — to the world of online dating? And it is launching its effort amid larger concerns about the security of digital matchmaking.

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As you likely know, Facebook wants to build its own dating service, and its employees have been testing it in recent months. Facebook Dating will allow users to create a separate profile for dating.

The company also said the mobile app would allow users to make their dating profile visible for people attending the same events so they could generate more offline connections.

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But there are other issues involved — for example, consumers are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about how their online information and web-enabled device use is employed to craft extremely precise and personal marketing messages, and that is creeping out more people if one goes by news reports and analysts.

The costs of that privacy backlash are starting to show themselves. Additionally, 26 percent of U.

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