It really is a consumer issue worthy of our attention." said Margot Gilman, money editor for Consumer Reports.
But the fear that online dating is changing us, collectively, that it's creating unhealthy habits and preferences that aren't in our best interests, is being driven more by paranoia than it is by actual facts.
Moreover, many of these sites are completely free, and the ones that charge fees usually keep their rates at reasonable levels.
In the end, if you’re looking for a good match, they’re usually worth the investment.
When we first studied online dating habits in 2005, most Americans had little exposure to online dating or to the people who used it, and they tended to view it as a subpar way of meeting people.
Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.