If your Valentine's Day seems a bit empty this year and you've decided to go online to find your next love interest, watch your step.An analysis of online dating site reviews shows there's much to be wary of -- and not just the risk of meeting a loser.If you're single and actively dating, this year's Valentine's Day may have been your crummiest yet.And not for the usual reasons like lack of chemistry or the person being nothing like their profile promised — but because of whom they voted for, and what political positions they support.That’s where data comes in—to introduce us to patterns that our eyes can’t see.
And you can also use an online dating site to find a partner — perhaps a partner with whom you’ll want to share those groceries or that vacation. With so many options out there (and countless new ones popping up regularly), finding one that works for you is no easy feat. Turning to organizations like Consumer Reports and Consumer Affairs for advice on which tech products are worth it, we’ve put together some time-tested tips that they recommend for online dating users."Or worse yet, fakes may be escorts or scammers."Nearly 1 in 5 complaining reviews mentioned encountering phony descriptions and images that appeared to be planted there to get people to sign up, he said. Reviewers were also irked to to come across profiles that were really ads for escorts.Others, they complained, appeared to be set up to scam users.Reviewers noted than many of those who appeared interested in their profiles turned out to from nowhere near where they lived, with many from Africa and Eastern Europe.Another big problem Site Jabber users reported claims about services being free, and then being hit with hidden charges.