Whatever the real numbers are, cyberdating is a fixture in the American, and world, social scenes, and a thoroughly legitimate and generally safe way to meet interesting people you never would have otherwise. If she talks about herself all the time, she may be a narcissist, or she may be nervous, or who knows?
(It's possible to do much more screening of a potential date now than before this phenomenon came along.) When most of the over 50 set was last seen dating 25 years ago, meeting took place at work, school, through well-meaning if usually misguided friends, or through that urban myth of going up to someone in the grocery store (did that ever happen, or at least happen without the police being called? Don't flee the scene just because something reminds you of a past relationship gone bad.
We do our youth a disservice when we simply exclude them from these dynamics and then expect them to figure it all out when they're off in college." Stranger danger is a leading concern among parents, Boyd says.
But the facts regarding Internet predators simply don't jibe with the level of alarm.
"A central challenge in addressing the sexual victimization of children is …