Online dating - Brits say sites shouldn't be blocked, but private data and kids are at risk

Online dating sites are an enormously popular way to find a partner, used by tens of millions around the world. But what if you can’t access them because they’ve been automatically blocked by your ISP?

A survey of 1,148 people carried out by Broadband Genie has found that 73% wouldn’t know how to unblock sites if they ran into this problem.

ISPs are required to have a content filter for all customers which is disabled on an opt-out basis. But the filter has been criticised for being too broad and blocking legitimate sites, as well as ineffective for anyone with even a little technical knowledge.

A previous survey we ran found that 59% believe ISPs should be blocking pornographic content by default, but 51% had encountered an unexpected site block.

Dating sites are among the services blocked by the filter, yet our survey shows that many people may be prevented from accessing them as they’re not sure how to disable the filter if required.

However we also discovered many people also think dating sites are unsuitable for children and should be blocked, while more than half believe the services don’t do enough to limit access to adults.


  • unhappy

    by Chris at 0:06 on 10 Feb 2016 Report abuse

    Dating sites are no more a risk to children than Facebook is. If people misuse the services, things can go wrong but I believe the majority don't.

  • neutral

    by Anvimurthy at 11:45 on 16 Mar 2016 Report abuse

    Nice survey report...

  • happy

    by Brian at 19:01 on 19 Sep 2016 Report abuse

    I strongly support online dating nowadays when I saw how many types of those sites are there. We are safe as much as we want to. This world is the same no matter online or outside your house. There may be more social acceptance through online connection today, but isolation, suspicion of and stigmatization against people with disabilities is still a problem throughout society.

  • neutral

    by Mel at 16:09 on 18 Nov 2016 Report abuse

    Security is most important.. everywhere. But how effective can it be at dating sites. You can never know who are you talking to. Is it a nice guy or some psychopath? I'm using dating sites, actually just one now and it's a phone chat and it looks safest for me.. But we all have to think realistic while talking to someone. That is the biggest security.

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