A great diversity of online dating services currently exists.
Some have a broad membership base of diverse users looking for many different types of relationships.
About 60 million Americans told Pew that the Internet plays an important or crucial role in helping them deal with major life decisions.
So we networked individuals are pretty tricky: We're keeping more to ourselves, while at the same time reaching out to more people, all with just the click of a computer mouse!
The report due out Monday from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project suggests that attitudes toward online dating "have progressed in a clearly positive direction." In fact, 59 percent of Internet users agree that online dating is a good way to meet people. As Americans shop, socialize and entertain themselves online, a growing number are turning to the Internet to find dates.
Some 11 percent of people who started a long-term relationship in the past decade say they met their partner online.
The term is “networked individualism.” This concept is not easy to understand because the words seem to have opposite meanings. Before the invention of the Internet and e-mail, our social networks involved live interactions with relatives, neighbors, and colleagues at work.
There's a professor at the University of Toronto in Canada who has come up with a term to describe the way a lot of us North Americans interact these days. Barry Wellman's term is "networked individualism." It's not the easiest concept to grasp. How can we be individualistic and networked at the same time? Some of the interaction was by phone, but it was still voice to voice, person to person, in real time.
Until the Internet and e-mail came along, our social networks involved flesh-and-blood relatives, friends, neighbors, and colleagues at work.
Three percent of those over 65 have dabbled in online dating.
Whites are slightly more likely to use dating sites than other ethnicities - 11 percent compared with 7 percent for blacks and 5 percent of Hispanics, according to the survey.
Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based.