Is being a young person harder or easier today than it was, say, five years ago?

Take dating, for example. Access to online dating and social media profiles make—in theory—finding love as simple as a swipe of the finger.

Despite what their grandparents say, young people do still meet and talk in person. But, technology is playing an ever-growing role in the younger generation’s love lives.

Digital Romance

A recent report by sexual health charity Brook and NCA’s CEOP Command investigated how technology is positively and negatively impacting on young people’s relationships.

The research combined interviews, focus groups and a survey of over 2,000 young people aged between 14 and 25 (72% were 14-17 years old). What it found, among other things, was that:

  • 38% said they had met someone first online who they then started seeing.
  • 84% have flirted online at least once or twice.
  • 5% said they had never met their partners face-to-face.

And it’s this last statistic which the team here at Yoti is most interested in.

Blind dating

Of the 2,000 young people surveyed, 100 of them were in a relationship with someone they had never actually met in person.

Even if we assume those 100 people have been diligent enough to Facetime or Skype their partner, what assurances do they actually have that the boy or girl is who they claim to be?

It’s for exactly this reason that, now more than ever, we need verified digital identities. Creating a fake social media or dating profile impersonating someone is too easy. All you need is an email address.

Date confidently with digital identities

With Yoti, people aged 12 and above can swap verified identity details with the people they meet online before the conversation progresses, or they meet in person.

You might have seen our viral film, Little Casanova, which shows, with a little humour, what could happen when you don’t truly know who you’re talking to online.

Afterwards, we interviewed the star of the film to explain a bit more about why digital identities and online dating are a match made in heaven.

For most people, online dating is a fun way to meet interesting and like-minded people. But for some, the requirement to trust strangers online has put them in dangerous and even life-threatening positions.

With digital identities, we can all help make dating online safer.

Rachael Trotman

Rachael Trotman

PR & Events Manager