"The Internet holds great promise for helping adults form healthy and supportive romantic partnerships, and those relationships are one of the best predictors of emotional and physical health," says coauthor Harry Reis, in a university news release.The other options out there aren't particularly useful, he added, especially after we enter the adult years, when there is no school or college to help us meet new people.As its popularity grew, the sleazy portion of the population started to join the fun and ruin the reputation of online dating altogether.Aside from that, a lot of people got hurt from using online dating. Gold-diggers started scamming their partners for money.
But there are some pitfalls that come with the practice.
Fantasy men typically chat up a storm and never ask the woman out. Most online dating services ask participants to fill out long questionnaires about themselves.
Women usually put a lot of thought into these, but men don't.
Organic dating is still prominent worldwide, but online dating is starting to pick up the pace, especially with the younger generation.
Some who are not privy to the workings of online dating are reluctant to try it because of security reasons and a general assumption that people you meet online aren’t as genuine as people you meet in person. When online dating was first introduced, most of the users were actually sincere about their intentions of finding a person to fall in love with online.
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.