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.Is it creating a new reality in which people actively avoid real-life interactions?Of course, others have worried about these sorts of questions before.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.Trying to decide whether to delve into online dating? There is no doubt that the advances in technology in the last 20 years have changed society and culture.
No more drinking too much to get rid of nerves and no more wondering what terrible situation you have gotten yourself in to.
But the fear that online dating is changing us, collectively, that it's creating unhealthy habits and preferences that aren't in our best interests, is being driven more by paranoia than it is by actual facts.
"There are a lot of theories out there about how online dating is bad for us," Michael Rosenfeld, a sociologist at Stanford who has been conducting a long-running study of online dating, told me the other day.
Potential dates used to be a real crap-shoot and chances weren't always good that you would roll a winner.
Having a guaranteed variety of choices is a wonderful change from the old days of dating when it used to be hard just to meet people in general let alone to meet potential partners.3. With the Internet and all of the information it can provide, those so-called "first date jitters" will be no more.