Hitchhikers, rocket scientists, even nuns probably do it, at least once. Then there are other dangers -- boredom, disillusionment, getting dumped, or simply getting taken.
The topic is dating, and the custom is as old as Adam and Eve. Two love experts offer their dating advice: Face it; finding a great mate takes some research.
Bruce Anderson, director of Cyber Intelligence & Investigations, encourages cyber-daters to conduct a background check.
There's serious stuff out there, like HIV and STDs, date rape, online stalkers.
"I think some people are much more rigid or sure about what they want," says Schwartz. A few rules: Here's another reality check: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are incredibly common in the U. -- even if your social circle is affluent and educated.
The most common STDs are: Chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), and HIV/AIDS.
But the apparent murder and dismemberment of Ingrid Lyne, a 40-year-old Seattle-area mother of three, has sent shockwaves throughout the cyber-romance world, with many begging the question: Is anyone safe?
Lyne disappeared last Friday after leaving to meet a date, who police identified as John Robert Charlton, 37.
Sure, you need to bring up past relationships at some point. Sure, dating can be frustrating, even disillusioning. If you're feeling negative, you'll scare off the good ones. If you have a 50-item list of criteria, if you're too specific about what you want, too rigid, you're going to find yourself alone forever." Her dating advice: Look beyond the bald head and other imperfections. Even if she consents to some activity, that does not imply consent for all sexual activity. Even if alcohol or drugs are involved, even if she doesn't put up a fight -- even if she's a former girlfriend -- it's rape if she says, "No." You can't be too careful; date-rape drugs such as GHB, Rohypnol, or Ketamine can render a victim unconscious and with limited memory.