Single at 22, Virginia Hughes was skeptical about online dating.
She had some reservations about joining what she imagined to be a meet-and-greet for creeps and weirdos.
Surrounded by potential partners, she pulled out her phone, hid it coyly beneath the counter, and opened the online dating app Tinder.
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Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
When we first studied online dating habits in 2005, most Americans had little exposure to online dating or to the people who used it, and they tended to view it as a subpar way of meeting people.
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.
Virginia acted like her profile was a joke, a somewhat ironic gesture of a girl with high self-esteem and nothing to lose.
She found it hard to believe that Match’s profile stats and messaging system could translate into the magical chemistry that brings two people together.
Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.