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Date: 28. February 2018

Toxic Online Dating Trends in Australia
Avoiding the dark side

Melbourne, 28.02.2018 The mentality of many online dating users has changed a lot ever since online dating became popular. Behaviour on the internet has always left a lot to be desired but there is a new form of “violence” toward people and it is becoming worse. “Romance scammers” are no longer “the” thing to look out for. Evil online dating trends are taking over the world and they go by the terms “ghosting”, “pigging” and “bread crumbing”.

The first online dating websites were created around 20 years ago and back then nobody assumed behavioural misconduct online could ever become this bad. Ever since the market boomed around the 2000’s, both technology and the way people interact with each other on- or offline has changed a lot! Romance scammers were once thought to be the worst thing to happen to the typical online dater merely a decade ago. Today, the short-lived encounters created by mobile dating apps and modern dating sites have potential to cause a lot of pain and even more problems.

People born between 1980 and 2000 are considered to be “millennials” and have become notorious for their adversity to commitment. A survey by the company “Plenty of Fish”, conducted in 2016, analysed the behaviour and dating habits of “millennials”. As expected, according to the survey, 80% of the participants have been affected by ghosting at some point in time.

As these new terms we came across more and more often over the years sparked our curiosity, we here at decided to take a closer look at the press of the last 20 years and to analyse the vocabulary used. We noticed that in 2016, a whole new terminology surfaced and has since then gained a lot of traction. This correlates very well with the continuous decline of etiquette and behaviour in online dating. While you may have been astounded when you found out your chat partner had been “catfishing” you with a false identity in 2012, 2017 brought a trend called “pigging”, which dwarfs “catfishing”. We want to encourage you to enjoy your dates despite some of the awful trends that may currently be going around. Though we would advise you not to let your guard down too easily.

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"" is an independent observer of the Australian online dating industry. Those looking for love online will find reviews pointing them to leading singles’ portals and tips for online flirting. “ “ is part of the German Metaflake network, which operates from Cologne managing websites in 12 different countries.

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