STD – not a dialling code for senior Canadian singles

Back in the old days, when broadband was a CB reference, breaker, breaker, picking up an infection from the Internet was strictly to do with a nasty little virus on your hard drive. According to one recent report, Canada is experiencing another type of infection rapidly grabbing its incredibly online-biased per-capita populace of dating site surfers.

Yes, it seems that the Canadian dating community have a nasty bout of syphilis spreading through its rank and file. Put it down to over enthusiastic youngsters who can’t wait to get into someone’s underwear for the first time? Think on…

We’re not talking your regular teenage dream, here, but rather of a generation that ought to know better, but so obviously don’t. The nasty little infection is being spread around the silver surfer set who hale from a time when Johnny was the name of Popstars and Chat Show Hosts and gay meant being happy with your lot. Perhaps it is this naivety causing the STD to spread like wildfire around the senior dating set so virulently.

the millennium bug struck, after all

Since 2000, new cases of the disease have increased ten-fold, with the middle-aged population getting to grips with dating sites and finding that there are millions of senior singles out there in dating land just as promiscuous as they were when Hendrix brought Woodstock down and free love didn’t mean a no cost trial on a dating platform.

The direct rise in dating site numbers from the same time parallels the spread of the disease in the more mature dater. According to one expert, once someone of an age starts into a relationship online, they feel like they know their partner well enough to sleep with them. In fact, this supposition is backed up by another report which suggests that sixteen percent of Canadians have been one half of an Internet couple who have ended up going further than man ever did in their quest for the moon, i.e. all the way.

It seems that the disease, or similar STIs -even HIV – have been reported in high volumes by users of Internet dating sites as far back as 2004, when it is believed that 43% of women who checked in because there was something not quite right had been with a partner from on online dating agency or another.

A combination of two other factors also contribute highly: the women are past the age of conception, so pregnancy is not an issue and the men, when faced with an erection, don’t want to have their rush of blood recede, leaving them flaccid and embarrassed.

Safe sex is for everyone and you don’t develop immunity just through a rite of passage of age. No matter who you’re sleeping with, make sure the little red rider is hooded before sending it into the bushy forest on its own.  Those teeth bite!

Security checks now a must for Canada online dating

According to a recent report, one human resources firm has insisted that all new sign ups for the new dating sites to which it supplies staff must run criminal background checks on its membership before it will provide admin to help run their business.

Many dating sites who handle thousands of new memberships each week rely on outsourcing manpower to handle the processes involved. Every dating site has customer support issues that arise, handling complaints, payment and affiliate programs to administer. Someone has to deal with those issues and the entrepreneurs who deal with the advertising, marketing and branding of their sites are not the best at handling the mundane issues that arise of this nature, purely down to their make up.

But how does a dating site that has been up and running for a vested amount of time start the process of vetting its membership – possibly millions of singles, some active accounts, some not – without going to huge expense and time? Somebody will have to pay for all of those extra hours and that finance won’t be coming from the profits of the business, that’s for sure. More likely, any extra revenue envisaged will come from a direct increase in membership fees from existing registered users.

How will free dating sites raise this extra finance? There are certain proceeds from advertising, but that may not stretch to a widget designed to validate a member’s whiter than white criminal history upon sign up, especially if those doing the vetting are charging for the privilege.

What it may do is push members of paid dating sites, who do not want to pay increased fees, back into the world of free dating sites. This is bad news for the paid services who may see a sector of their membership leave, but good news for scammers. Why? Having to pay for a membership is usually enough to put off scammers; vetting them would keep out a greater volume.  Therefore, they spend a lot of time on free dating sites, taking easy pickings from those members who are not as experienced in dating online as those who have realised that paid services offer so much more.

The good news for the paid dating services is that having a security app this powerful may attract a whole new influx of members who have been put off from online dating in the past due to being subject to the possibility of being hijacked by a scam. The risk for dating sites
is will be whether the new market is bigger than the one being jeopardised by any rise in fees?