Online dating academic research articles

Parents and village elders used to play matchmaker.

As people became more self-reliant and transient, they turned to singles ads and dating services.

The advent of the Internet and inception of in 1995 prompted a sea change.

For a few years, online dating seemed like the bastion of the geeky and desperate, but the stigma passed. couples who formed relationships between 20, 22 percent of them met online, one academic study found.

By 2005, 37 percent of single, American Internet users had used online dating sites, according to the Pew Research Center. It was second only to “meeting through friends” as a way of finding a partner.

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