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To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.
If you’ve ever read a terrifying kidnapping story in the newspaper or watched the new MTV show , the thought of meeting someone through the Internet can seem pretty terrifying. The people you meet online aren’t always 50-year-old pervs disguised as cute 18-year-old’s.
I know that a lot of teen girls are going to meet people online no matter how often they’re told that it’s dangerous.