In a perfect world, the biggest challenge when it comes to online dating is finding the perfect match. Unfortunately, the internet is full of people looking to scam innocent victims and online dating sites are one of the easiest places to find suitable victims. Online dating scams have been around since online dating gained a foothold some twenty years ago. Scammers utilized message boards and chat rooms to befriend and ultimately scam people all the time. Eventually dating sites like Match and eHarmony came along and required users to create profiles to protect against scammers, and even with those protections in place the scammers found ways to circumvent the system and target victims.
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'Are You Real?' — Inside an Online Dating Scam
What Is Love Bombing? Inside the Trend That's Ruining Dating.
Have you just found your person? It's totally normal to be over-the-moon about a new crush. But if all that positive attention you're getting feels obsessive or if the relationship feels like it's moving abnormally fast , your newfound love could actually be engaging in a form of psychological manipulation known as love bombing. The love bomb, despite sounding like something you'd happily sign up for, is actually a narcissist's cryptic way of manipulating others with overwhelming love and affection. Sound horrific and also very confusing? Don't worry—a few experts on relationships and narcissistic personality disorder broke it all down. Love bombing is the practice of showering a person with excessive affection and attention in order to gain control or significantly influence their behavior.
What to Know About 'Love Bombing,' the Trend That's Ruining Dating for Everyone
In the early throes of dating, and during those initial weeks of a relationship, there are certain signs to be aware of that might indicate the other person is a narcissist. Love bombing is an attempt to accelerate the birth and growth of feelings within the victim by creating an intense atmosphere of affection and adoration. It does this by adding elements of confusion, flattery, dependency, and an air of destiny into the mix. Confusion occurs because of the sheer amount of communication that takes place between the couple; ceaseless texting, frequent phone calls, interaction on social media, and a strong wish to meet in person as often as possible. It can feel utterly overwhelming to be on the receiving end of such a bombardment, one that is designed to convince the victim of the unique and special bond they have with the narcissist.
There's a lot of talk about which dating trend is the worst. Ghosting, breadcrumbing, benching, the slow fade — there are a lot of options and they are awful. But the new dating trend love bombing takes the cake. Because it's way more than a dating trend.