The Reality of ‘Hook Up’ apps:
In 2013 the reported crimes (in England and Wales) of any dating apps were 55; according to the Freedom of Information Act. The number spiked to 204 in 2014, only to jump again to 412 in 2015. The amount of people who use dating apps is rising every day and with that rises the risk. The most common reports that police get are violent or sexual crimes, which includes grooming, rapes, and the sexual exploitation of children.
The dangers of using apps like Tinder are horrific, as Angela Jay learnt. Angela was savagely attacked by a man she met on Tinder, he stabbed and doused in petrol. Allegedly, he had gone to her home before and waited her for her to arrive from work before his attack. The 28 year old doctor was attacked as she ended their brief relationship, which Paul Lambert (the attacker) was not happy about. He blew up her phone with threatening and abusive messages, such as “You’re are not safe in that house… I have some of the house keys.” Angela actually had a restraining order on the man, yet that meant nothing to him. After she was stabbed repeatedly, she dragged her body to the neighbour’s house. He tried to flee but was caught on the highway. The strangest thing is that it was most out of character for Lambert, which comes to show how the internet shows a different side to people, one you would never imagine.
This is only one of the many stories that show a different side to dating apps. All you see are the ‘success stories’ of how someone found their ‘soul mate’ on Tinder, yet the reality of it all may be harder to grasp, as it is much, much worse.