These Are the Safest and Most Dangerous Places for Online Dating In the U.S.
One company cross-referenced STD and crime rates to see where you should think twice before swiping right.
Now that Tinder and Bumble are solid parts of pop culture, you could argue that online dating has officially lost its stigma. That doesn't mean, however, that it's any more safe. (To be fair, is regular dating even that safe?)
But now that connecting (and potentially swapping spit) with virtual strangers is easier than ever, the teams at HighSpeedInternet.com and SafeWise, a home security company, decided to find out which states are the safest-and most dangerous-places to date online in the U.S.
The northeast came out on top, with Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire snagging the gold, silver, and bronze of safe swiping. To be fair, these three states are also the top three for oldest-average population in the U.S.-so there's a good chance most of the adults there are shacked up and less likely to be spreading STDs. The next two safest states-Idaho and Utah-are in quite the opposite situation. They both have high Mormon populations (lots of people waiting until marriage to have sex?) and also have relatively young populations.
Meanwhile, anyone in Alaska, New Mexico, or Louisiana should listen up-especially Alaska.
It may seem like a mountain-filled, snow-covered beauty of a state, but Alaska continuously has the highest crime and STD rates in the country. (And, ICYMI, nationwide STD rates are at an all-time high.)
If you're worried about catfishing, reevaluate any plans to move to Nevada, Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, or Oregon, which rank one through five, respectively, for the highest rates of online romance/confidence fraud and personal data breaches. (Yikes.)
So, yeah, if you're regularly swiping right in any of the top 10 most dangerous states for online dating, you may want to reconsider your tactics. (Or at least keep these dos and don'ts of internet dating in mind.) And everyone-no matter which state you're in-can benefit from practicing safe sex the right way. (Some good news is that Tinder users are already having safe sex! Whoop!)
Because "Dangerously in Love" is a great title for a Beyoncé song-but not a great way to run your dating life.