While people may still look at pictures on online dating sites to decide if they are interested in meeting someone, more and more people are also actually reading what someone else says they are looking for and or what they are interested in.
Eric Hammer has been writing professionally since 2005.Brian Mustanski, an associate professor with the department of medical social sciences at Northwestern University who studies bullying, noted that almost one in three teens said they were asked to send nude or seminude pictures of themselves.(The study didn't consider this to be cyber dating abuse.)"Many teens would struggle with how to respond to such a request and may not be aware of the repercussions of sending such pictures," Mustanski said.Cyberdating is a huge business and one which has been around for quite some time.In fact, by the year 2007, cyberdating already accounted for a multi-million dollar business and was expected to reach close to a billion dollars by 2011.
More than 40 percent of the teens said they'd experienced cyber dating abuse within the past three months: 45 percent of females and 31 percent of males.