The first rule of safety according to Natalie Rosa of The Echo is to use an anonymous identity (Rosa, par. An anonymous identity is supposed to protect you from other people on the Internet that might be lying; lying has turned into an accepted behavior on the Internet.
BBC news reports that out Japan had its highest number of crimes related to online dating services: Almost 800 crimes in which victims were contacted through online dating sites have been reported since January, more than 70% of which involved sex with teenage girls (BBC News, par. This article also talked about how there is no proven way to regulate Internet dating.Part of this inability to regulate is caused by the lack of physical evidence law enforcement officials would have on an Internet sex offender.According to Barnes, people dating on the net are less likely to be faced with their partners faults and because of this they are not dating the complete person therefore being more susceptible to the fantasy.Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, believed that the web should be used as a mirror to reflect real life and not as a completely different world.These different personalities that get created online are only able to survive because there is no accountability in the real world for what we do and say online.
For example, if I meet someone on and we develop our relationship online none of my friends in the real world would ever have to know about it; the only way my friends would find out is if I told them myself.The concept of fantasy is basically saying that online daters arent falling in love with each other; theyre falling in love with the idea of being in love.Barnes is not saying that online daters are desperate (the same thing happens off the net) but she is saying that the fantasy is more likely to happen.Whether your faith in online dating is lost based on previous experiences or because you dont take online dating seriously, lack of faith can lead to a lack of trust in an established relationship.For example, if the last person you had an online relationship with turned out to be married you might be more wary in your next online relationship.This lack of accountability, for some, turns the online world into pure fantasy.