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The Trend of Meeting Singles Online

The stigma of online dating might finally be losing its edge.

A survey commissioned by Match.com shows that seventeen percent of the couples that got who married in the last three years met on the web. The same survey also shows that one in five single people has dated someone they met at an internet personals site, and that out of every five new relationships, one of them started when the people involved met online.

In fact, these days, online dating and matchmaking services rank third, just below meeting through a friend and meeting someone through work or school, for likeliest ways to meet a dating partner.

Considering that web matchmaking has only been around for about twenty years or so, this is a pretty drastic change in how people meet potential dates. According to the article, Greg Blatt, chief executive of Match.com, attributes the change to the way technology has expanded, and how society has changed over the years. Singles are waiting longer to get married, and they work longer hours, living farther away from friends and family who might introduce them to prospective partners. Between that, and laptops and Internet connections having become ubiquitous, it's easier to meet potential dates online, rather than through traditional means.

And according to Online Dating Magazine, about 120,000 US couples who marry each year will have met online. Considering the rise in popularity of online personals, and the increase in people who have successfully made long-term relationships with singles they met online, it seems like the stigma of online dating is definitely vanishing.

Greg Blatt says that meeting online is no different than running into someone in real life, whether at a restaurant or some other place. "Once you've met, its real life; you either fall for each other or you don't. You either have a great romance or you don't."

Posted by eDatingCentral.com May 3, 2010 9:27 am


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