Consumer Watch: Online Dating

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 4:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – New research finds certain stigmas attached to online and digital dating waning, but certain areas still make some users uneasy.

Online dating sites and apps have multiplied over the last decade, and social networking sites have added even more ways to meet people.

With that growth, new research from the pew internet and American life project finds Americans giving digital dating a more positive view than in their last study in 2005. “The stigma around dating online and meeting people online has really decreased substantially since the last time we asked about this. So the last time studied this subject less than half the people agreed that online dating was a good way to meet people. Now 60 percent of the public agrees that that's the case,” Pew Research Center Sr. Researcher Aaron Smith said.

Still, there are pitfalls. One downside is the complaints about people getting contacted in a way that is uncomfortable or harassing. It’s a bigger problem for women than it is for men. Another frequently cited downside is misrepresentation, in a profile or other communication. But whether meeting online or offline, risks can be the same. ”Much like real-life dating, there's downsides, there's disappointments. There are things that you get into and maybe realize they're not as good as you thought they would be,” Smith said.

The digital era also means more opportunities to search for information. About three in ten internet users surveyed said they've looked at a social networking site or search engine to find out more about their date.

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