Posts by Erika Santoro

  • People ‘love’ their free time

    Erika Santoro at Big Data Download10 mths ago

    People with free time tend to spend it improving their love lives. That’s according to Shayan Zadeh, chief executive officer of the online dating platform Zoosk.com.

    “When the government shutdown happened, we noticed an interesting dynamic,” he said. “In the first week of the shutdown, we saw a 91 percent increase of people in the D.C. metro area expressing interest in meeting someone online through our carousal feature.”

    During the second week of the shutdown, the increase went to 110 percent, said Zadeh. He said he didn’t have other data, such as how many people this involved.

    Online dating has become more socially accepted as a place for meeting others interested in forging relationships, according to a recent Pew study.

    Since 2005, 38 percent of Americans who are “single and looking” have said that they have used an online dating site, according to the study released Oct. 21.

    Zoosk.com, which started in 2007, is one of several online dating sites, including eHarmony and Match.com.

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  • Sunshine state gloom: Florida found to be tops in identity theft

    Erika Santoro at Big Data Download1 yr ago

    Identity theft is on the rise, with it affecting more than 11 million Americans each year, but some states are worse than others when it comes to having your identity stolen, according to a 2012 Federal Trade Commission report.

    Fraud experts at Equifax (EFX) find that Florida has the highest rate of identity theft nationwide. This could be due to its big transient population, large number of tourists and high percentage of elderly people—all of which are prime targets for identity theft.

    Other states with high incidences of identity theft cases are California, Texas, New York and Georgia. This is due to metro areas with high rates of unemployment and foreclosures, and because people who feel economically desperate may be more likely to participate in identity theft scams to make quick cash.

    In addition, the states with the most identity theft cases may have large border populations and areas of methamphetamine use, which are also factors that can contribute to identity theft.

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