Could it possibly be that the stigma attached to online dating is ending?

It seems that people are finally coming around to the idea that finding love on the Internet isn’t as creepy or desperate as once thought.

According to a new survey, 59% of those who use the Internet agree with the statement "online dating is a good way to meet people.” Not only is that more than half of all respondents, but it’s also a 15-point jump from 2005, indicating you may want to rethink that fabricated "how-we-met" story you tell at parties.

Maybe even more revealing is that 21% say folks who choose to use the ‘net to find love are desperate – that's an 8-point drop from 2005.

Some other interesting findings to give you pause before you re-work your Zoosk profile :

  • 11% have used an online dating site or dating app
  • 23% of online daters admit to meeting their meeting their husband/wife or long-time special someone through an online site, while 5% of those who are married or in a long-term relationship met their partner on some online site
  • 32% of those who use the Internet agree with the statement that “online dating keeps people from settling down because they always have options for people to date.”
  • 13% of those who admit to online dating agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate,” while 29% agree that online dating “keeps people from settling down because they always have options for people to date.”
  • 54% of online daters believe someone else seriously lied in their profiles
  • 29% of people who’ve gone on dates recently admit to looking up their dates online before their first date or while they were going out

[Pew Research Center]