From The Houston Chronicle
By Alexis Grant
Women who date online are likely to take precautions to protect their personal safety when first meeting a man face-to-face, but often are much less careful about protecting their sexual health once that encounter moves to the next level, a Houston-based study has found.
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While the women who were surveyed went to great lengths to screen online acquaintances before meeting them, nearly a third reported having sex on the first date and three-quarters of those said they did not use condoms, according to the study by The University of Texas School of Public Health.
Those behaviors reflect a "virtual intimacy" the women developed with men online before meeting them in person, said the study's author, Paige Padgett.
This is hard to believe… at first. But when one analyzes the situation a little, it makes perfect sense. Some number of online daters are just in it for the sex. That makes sense. There was an episode of Entourage this season involving a furry costume fetishist met through Craigslist. But dating online has a few advantages over meeting people out and about. First, they fill out a profile and probably have a picture. So, you have a little bit of an idea of what you’re getting into. And people feel that the dating sites provide some level of safety (not a great assumption). And finally, there is some level of banter between prospective daters that allow them to get to know each other before meeting. Those things make it a little easier to want to do it on the first date. Oh and most online dating enthusiasts are probably a leeetle bit lonely and really just ready to pounce on the first person that’s willing to do it. There’s a little bit of a just got out of jail/ the Army corollary. Our advise is to be very careful, take it slow and (we can’t believe we’re saying this) use condoms.
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Check out our Dish From August 28 on the Moderation Movement. They’ll probably be aghast at these online first date fornicators.