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15 May

While films offer up a steady supply of cyberspace predators grooming young ’uns for abuse, the news media also zealously probe the ‘Internet angle’. And yet, no one is doing police checks on the folks we encounter in public space.

Be it in the reporting of a rape, a murder, or a terrorist attack, search histories and dating site clicks will be voraciously examined. To conceive of a nightclub or a bookstore as somehow a safer place to meet a partner is foolhardy. When asked about their attitudes to dating online, research participants often mention the lack of romance.

There are sites you pay to join and free sites, sites aimed at fostering long-term relationships and sites with reputations for finding casual hookups.

At the most sensationalist end of the spectrum, media provides lessons on danger.Despite the ubiquity of the Internet in creating connections, a stench of ‘last resorts’ still hovers.As though if you were genuinely desirable, you’d have been snapped up by now in a more bricks-and-mortar mate-meeting fashion. In the earliest years of the Internet, users were indeed skewed towards the typical computer geeks and thus, meeting a socially awkward nerd was almost guaranteed. Despite all of those highly dodgy made-for-television films, the Web isn’t a nefarious badlands where lads in hoodies pose as a Nigerian princes.The subtitle of my new book is Media Representations of Online Connections.Much of my research examines the interplay between pop culture portrayals and real life.