Now, most online daters go on physical dates with online love interests.
Yet we're a pretty single nation: more adults are unmarried than married, in fact."There's less of a stigma attached to it than it was," said Aaron Smith, the study co-author and a senior researcher with the Pew Internet Project.When Pew first asked the question, almost a third of people saw online dating as the preserve of desperate people, and only 43 percent of online daters were willing to meet a potential partner offline. The sushi tip is just one finding from the sixth annual Singles in America survey, which asked 5,500 respondents everything from which politician they want to vote for to which politician they'd be up for dating (Joe Biden and Marco Rubio dominate with 21 percent and 20 percent, respectively). First dates at a sushi restaurant are 1.7 times more likely to lead to a second, says Match.com, America's largest online dating site.But even as more and more Americans turn to online dating, as it loses the "desperate" reputation of its early days, the jury's still out on what, exactly, it's doing to singles' hearts and minds.At a time when more Americans are unmarried than ever before, are Tinder and OKCupid changing what Americans want in a partner, or just how they find them?If you're on a computer, your Flash player might be disabled, missing, or out of date. If love can bloom on the battlefield, then by God, it can bloom anywhere it damn well pleases. We're having trouble displaying this Scratch project. If you are on a mobile phone or tablet, try visiting this project on a computer.