"That means as you get older you have to be even more vigilant."Aside from social security and a reverse mortgage check, Janet Cook works part-time as a church secretary to supplement her modest income.
She's now trying to recoup some of her lost savings from match.com, the site where the scammer found her.
Pew Research says in its new “Internet & American Life Project” that 54 percent of online daters have “seriously misrepresented” themselves on dating websites — fibbing about height, income and age.
That’s because some dishonestly has always been part of dating, said Dan Slater, an author and relationship expert.
In an interview with Keen underscores how the net’s free for all culture, including news, has caused havoc in the creative industries. It has revolutionised the way we communicate, it has brought the world closer together, it has given us easy access to a multitude of sources of information and transformed our approach to health care, education, politics and shopping. But although the Internet, together with the World Wide Web, personal computers, tablets, and smartphones, has ushered in a mighty communications revolution, and one of the greatest shifts in society since the dawn of the industrial age, as Keen points out it also has had deeply negative effects.
There were promises that the Internet would come up with solutions for the crisis that has overtaken people in publishing, music and entertainment, but 25 years on nothing has emerged. Anyone close to the journalism business knows what he’s talking about.
“If I meet a woman in a bar I obviously can’t lie about my height or weight or hairline.
But my internship suddenly becomes a promising middle management job,” he said.
When Janet Cook went looking for love online, 17 years after losing her husband, she found someone on the very first day."I liked him you know because he said sweet things and he was very charming and had a kind of a gentle demeanor about him," Cook said.
He says it has become a dangerous place for everyone except power-hungry capitalists and snooping governments and the rest of us are its victims.
with its comprehensive and forensic examination of how the Internet is doing bad things to our lives, is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of communications and journalism.
She filled out a questionnaire and carefully crafted her profile.
It would have been easy to burnish the truth, but she presented herself honestly, from her age (57) and hobbies ("dancing, rock collecting") to her financial status ("self sufficient").