Online dating is no longer just for rejects, simpletons, and that dude in AP History with the hump (the sexy hump! what!), it's now one of the main ways people meet their mates.
According to the Pew Research Center:
One in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app; 66% of these online daters have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or app, and 23% have met a spouse or long term partner through these sites. Public attitudes toward online dating have become more positive in recent years, but many users also report negative experiences.
Yeah, none of that is surprising. As far as negative experiences go, everyone's gone on a date with a guy who joked (?) about being polygamous and also maybe hit on their dog. Right? Like, I don't know anyone who doesn't have at least one terrible online date experience. That said, I don't know anyone who doesn't have a terrible date experience from someone they didn't meet online. Believe or not, the grandson of your grandma's Bridge buddy sometimes turns out to be a 50-year-old virgin who somehow has Chlamydia.
Taken together, eleven percent of all American adults are “online daters”, and I was one of them! I'd gone on some real shit dates with dudes I met in the flesh and blood before I turned to pixels. It was the right move for me, and right now my brilliant boy genius boyfriend is baking me a vegan cake with extra icing. JOIN ME. (Not in my actual relationship. Unless you're really good at ice cream cakes, and then let's tawk.)