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Those looking for love are more often turning to sites like Match.com, e Harmony, and OKCupid as online dating becomes more socially acceptable, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center's Internet Project.Web users looking for love are now turning to sites like Match.com, e Harmony, and OK Cupid as online dating becomes more socially acceptable, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center's Internet Project.
Moreover, online daters are increasingly finding lasting love on the Web.
Nearly a quarter of online daters (23 percent) said they have met their spouse or long-term relationship partner through a dating site, up from 17 percent in 2005.
"The vast majority of Americans who are in a marriage, partnership, or other serious relationship say that they met their partner through offline—rather than online—means," the report states.
"At the same time, the proportion of Americans who say that they met their current partner online has doubled in the last eight years." Overall, 59 percent of Internet users think online dating is a good way to meet people, though 21 percent still say those who use online dating sites are "desperate," the study found.
Meanwhile, 32 percent think online dating keeps people from settling down because it offers a seemingly endless pool of options.
"Public attitudes toward online dating have become more positive in recent years, but many users also report negative experiences," Pew said.
Half of online daters said that their fellow daters "seriously misrepresented" themselves in their profile, the survey found.
More seriously, 28 percent have been contacted by someone that made them feel harassed or uncomfortable.
Online dating is most common among those in their mid-20s through mid-40s.
Twenty-two percent of 25- to 34-year-olds and 17 percent of 35- to 44-year-olds are online daters.
Online dating is also popular among college-educated Americans, as well as those living in urban and suburban areas.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating