AUSTIN, TX — Call this love in the time of coronavirus.
Remember that old country & western song “Lookin’ for Love”* that warned of seeking affection in all the wrong places? Well, according to a new report, Texas is not among among the most unsafe states for those seeking companionship via dating sites.
According to a report by HighSpeedInternet, Texas is the 20th most dangerous states for online dating. “Before you hop on Tinder or Bumble to find a date or a new summer fling, make sure, you check out HighSpeedInternet.com’s report on the safest and most dangerous states for online dating in 2020,” researchers wrote. “You might be surprised which states appear to be unlucky in love this year.”
Indeed, a measure of surprise was registered in seeing Texas so high on the dangerous dating list given the tactics of hospitality for which Lone Star residents are known. But as bad as that may sound, at least those seeking love aren’t in Alaska — ranked the No. 1 most dangersous state for online dating for the third year in a row, according to researchers. Nevada and California followed Alaska as among the most dangerous states for online dating.
Conversely, the safest state for online dating is Maine, according to the findings, followed by West Virginia and Vermont.
Another interesting finding in the report: The East Coast seems to be a lot safer than the West Coast as it relates to online dating. Most of the safest states for online dating, researchers found, were in the eastern part of the U.S.
So what constitutes danger as it relates to online dating across the states? As part of their methodology, researchers assessed statistics on cybercrime victims, monetary loss per victim and dates on the prevalence of sexually transmitted disease as recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the reckoning.
To read the full report, click here.
* The song “Lookin’ for Love” was a big hit for singer Johnny Lee after being released as the title song from the sountrack to the 1980 film Urban Cowboy. The song peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart where it stayed for three weeks, and was a No. 5 Billboard Hot 100 hit as well.
Graphic courtesy of HighSpeedInternet.