Survey confirms the world is warming up to online dating

A new Pew Research Center study found that 59 percent of Web users agree that “online dating is a good way to meet people”

"So, how did you two meet?" Gone are the days of scrambling to cover up the real answer: on the Internet. A new study by the Pew Research Center's Internet Project indicates that online dating is losing its stigma. Fifty-nine percent of respondents agreed with the statement "Online dating is a good way to meet people"; in 2005, 44 percent did.

However, according to the Pew Center's results, only 11 percent of American adults have tried online dating sites or apps. New Yorkers must be a daring bunch; in our dating survey, 61 percent of the 1,600 Gothamites we talked to had met prospective partners on dating websites—and more than half said they'd tried one out.

Also interesting: Forty-seven percent of the Pew respondents in their twenties (ages 18–29) said they check up on an ex online, using Facebook and other social networking sites to conduct their stalking. The rest? They're clearly lying.

(h/t New York Daily News)

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