Here are five facts about online dating: Online dating has lost much of its stigma, and a majority of Americans now say online dating is a good way to meet people.
When we first studied online dating habits in 2005, most Americans had little exposure to online dating or to the people who used it, and they tended to view it as a subpar way of meeting people.
The approach seems to work with the upscale client base it's targeting.
Meeting online was the third most common way of meeting, after introduction by friends, and close behind meeting randomly in public settings (bars, restaurants, parties, etc.).
According to the Pew Research Center, 15% of Americans recently reported using online dating sites to meet people, and online dating is gaining wider acceptance across most age ranges, notably tripling among people age 18-24 from 10% to 27% between 20.
Consumer Affairs' founder and former editor, Jim Hood formerly headed Associated Press Broadcast News, directing coverage of major news events worldwide.
He also served as Senior Vice President of United Press International and was the founder and editor of Zapnews, a newswire service for radio and television. After all, the world is full of them and they're fairly evenly divided in terms of gender, height and so forth.
Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.
The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.Online dating has, for many, become a mainstay of meeting new potential romantic partners, whether looking for casual dating, serious dating or even a marital partner.Until relatively recently, people met potential partners through friends, family, school and other shared activities. They understand the importance of balancing life and love.They're smart enough to find dating sites that work for them.Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.