New Law For Dating in the Works: Connecticut State Rep. Mae Flexer (D) introduced a bill requiring online dating sites that charge fees to provide safety tips and advice to make dating, online and off, safer.
If approved, Connecticut would become the third state to regulate internet dating sites, after New York and New Jersey. Dating sites that charge fees have to put up a common-sense FAQ, but free sites don’t? Hmm…
True.com started this trend years ago with their attempts to establish business dominance by getting states to pass weak legislation along the lines of having dating sites state that they don’t offer background checks on the home page in 12-point type. I have not seen any evidence that this has changed the behavior of online daters or kept them any safer.
As if thats going to keep someone from making a bad decision about whom they date. Irregardless of whether or not the CT Bill will have more teeth, you can’t force people to make better decisions about their dating habits.
Someone needs to sit her down and set Rep. Flexer straight about effective online dating safety legislation while she is in information gathering mode.
Even with full background checks, people are still going to do stupid things out of ignorance and lust, especially when the scammers and bad guys have figured out that scamming one in 10,000 dating site members makes for a good payday.