Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.With 40 million Americans trying online dating services, it only becomes more normal every day.
From AOL chat rooms, to Myspace bulletins and Craigslist ads–the list goes on and on for ways in which people have used the Internet as a tool to find love, sex and friendship.
In fact, online dating is the second-most-common way for couples to meet–right behind meeting through friends.
“So he was a bank robber.” It was a dating dead-end for Julie, but a Boston start-up was born.
Julie’s new company now does the digging for you on the website “So, I thought if you took the risk out of the name you could take the risk out of online dating.” For $30 anyone can get a background check in about 24 hours.
2004 is the year the social networking service Facebook was invented by Mark Zuckerberg in his Harvard University dorm room.
Though it wasn’t started as an online dating service, it has largely impacted how we connect and date using the Internet.
And that led to a dating horror story for one Boston woman. We were snapchatting, we spent a week talking, and then I was like I should look him up,” and what Julie Nashawatay discovered left her speechless.
“He had just gotten arrested for a robbing a Brookline bank,” she said.
Before online dating websites launched, the World Wide Web was publically available for people to explore.
In a quick succession, most of the dating websites we know today registered their official domains.
“Just a first name, phone number, and location and then that’s it.” The report includes: a full name, age, sex offender status, major arrests, social media profiles, and a work history.