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By Paul Brucker
In the mid-1990s, online dating sites emerged and offered an alternative way to meet a romantic partner. At first, there was a stigma attached to using cyberspace as a Cupid. Most people believed that you should rely on the traditional ways of finding a partner – through family, friends, school, work, social and religious groups and bars. Today, online dating remains a good fit for only some people, but it has gone mainstream. In fact, 59% of all Internet users think online dating is a good way to meet people, and only 21% think that people who use these sites are desperate, according to a 2014 study by the Pew Research Center.
Online dating has its success stories, including Whitson Gordon, a writer for the Lifehacker blog. He considers himself “a walking commercial for online dating.” Within a week of trying a site, he met a woman, and two and half years later they set their wedding date.
On the other hand, online dating sites have been a keen source of anguish and disappointment for other customers. You have to deal with users who try to game the system by providing false information about themselves. Then once you actually meet your interested party offline (in person) for a date, you may utterly lose interest in that person. Plus, one-third of site users have never gone on a date with someone they met through the online service, according to the Pew study. And 10% of the people who sign up leave within the first three months.
Here some facts about online dating: