Big love dating game
Just as seeing people come out has softened cultural attitudes toward gay marriage, attitudes toward Internet dating have improved as more people talk to others who have tried it.
"There's less of a stigma attached to it than it was," said Aaron Smith, the study co-author and a senior researcher with the Pew Internet Project.
Match.com, e Harmony, Ok Cupid: People looking for love online have many options.
About 1 in 10 Americans has tried at least one of these options, according to a new Pew Internet & American Life Project survey.
Pick your flavor Just as the Internet allows people to buy unicorn meat, nail clippings or a UFO detector, it also gives daters the ability to find like-minded partners using extremely narrow criteria.Common downsides Still, online dating has its downsides.One of the biggest gripes is "the notion that people aren't who they appear to be in their profile when you actually meet them in person," Smith told Live Science. Women are twice as likely as men to have experienced harassment or uncomfortable contact online, Smith said."I was driving a car with a girl and a guy in back," he recalls."This girl was trying to spit game at the guy, and I just thought, ‘Damn, why don’t I have a dating game that takes place right here in my car?
"There was this guy and girl who were in the same bar earlier in the night, so they recognized each other.