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.
Yet, 1/3rd of people who have used a dating site have never met up for an in-person date.
Lastly, in spite of the rise in online dating, only 5% of married couples or those in a committed relationship say they met their partners online, and 88% of people say they met their partners via conventional means.
It is extremely important to heed the "Red Flags" that pop up in your mind when you sense or hear something that just does not seem right about the person on the other end.
You should realize that they may not always be the person that they present over email.
Search in your regular sections, but keep an eye out for potential mates who you could start up a conversation with.
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.
Being stuck in the single scene can be frustrating and disheartening.
When everyone around you is involved and you are desperate for a date, it can seem like the only option is online dating --- but that's untrue.