Online dating services do background checks

Bringing up the fact that you ran a background check early on could be a great way to kill a new relationship.

They contend that's screening method — running names through state databases of criminal records — is incomplete and too easily thwarted, potentially creating a false sense of security for customers.

"It's so superficial that it's worthless," said Braden Cox, policy counsel with Net Choice, a coalition of e-commerce companies that includes Yahoo, AOL and other major players in online dating.

When I was dating online, I didn’t use background checks.

I’m definitely not against them; I just personally never felt the need to use them.

Generally, when someone contacts me about doing background checks it follows this pattern: At this point, these people believe that the initial emailing means that they’ve reached the point to use a background check.