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So What?

With how internet use has expanded since its creation, it comes as no surprise that people have moved intimate portions of their lives onto the web. From chatrooms to Facebook, people contact others looking for relationships that may or may not be present in their offline lives, or at least someone to commiserate with until the trolls come. However, not everyone has the same opinion on how this affects people's lives, whether that effect is positive or negative. It stands to reason that people looking for dates online are only the unwanted of society who can't interact socially like the rest of the human race. However, it also stands to reason that, by the sheer number of dating websites and their users, eharmony claims over a million in just monogamous matches, okCupid claims 30 million members and 1 million unique logins a day, plenty of fish had 76 million profiles in february 2014, with all these people, the chances of not knowing someone who uses a dating website, even if they don't talk about it, is slim.

The fact of the matter is, online dating is still new and taboo in many ways. Ask a student what they think about the dating app Tinder, and they might react with interest, disgust, or pity. One of the (not untrue) perceptions driving the ostracization of online daters is the ways they try to hide who they are in real life (see our income analysis). But whatever the result, the intent is pure. These people only want to be someone worth falling in love with.