Tens of thousands of people have met, dated, and eventually married as a result of their online dating experience.

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These numbers shouldn't surprise anyone, but online dating among young adults has tripled in the last two years, according to a new Pew Research Center study. That means 27 percent of young people are finding dates online, as are 12 percent of people close to retirement age. Although there are no hard numbers on your chances of online dating seriously hurting you, Pew's 2013 study did find that over half of adults using online dating felt someone seriously misrepresented themselves in their profile.

and found that not only is online dating surging in popularity among millennials, but 55 to 65-year-olds are also getting in on the action, with their numbers doubling in the same time frame. Consider that meeting people online not only puts you at risk for physical harm, but also fraud.

And while online dating hasn't exactly been perfected yet, it is getting more and more likely that a couple's origin story will involve emojis.

But despite the potential risks, two experts in the field say there is no need to shy away from online dating as long as precautions are taken.

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