I like to consider myself a modern man. And, as a modern single man, I’ve dabbled in a little bit of online dating (despite OKCupid’s concerns about my marketability). It used to be something to be embarrassed about – in the old days, only nerds and geeks used computers for dating. Now, online dating seems to cut across all walks of life and social groups.
Indeed, a new poll from the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that online dating has undergone explosive growth just over the last few years. Approximately 11% of Internet users have used online dating sites, up dramatically from 3% in 2008. When you consider only single adults, the numbers rise even more dramatically: 38% of Americans who are currently looking for a partner have used an online dating site.
Not only are more people trying online dating, but online dating is also becoming increasingly acceptable to the average American. 59% of Internet users now say online dating is “a good way to meet people,” while 53% say that online dating “allows people to find a better match because they can get to know a lot more people.” Driving those statistics may be the fact that 29% of Americans now know someone in a long-term relationship or marriage that started with an online date, up from 15% in 2005.
For more on the poll, visit the Pew Interent & American Life Project’s website. If you want to give online dating a try yourself, bone up on these online dating red flags. And if you’re looking for something a little different from the OKCupids and ChristianMingles of the world, check out these alternatives to traditional dating sites.
This article was written by Fox Van Allen and originally appeared on Techlicious.
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