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I confess it: I am always writing one-liners about myself online.
I have spent 10 internet-literate years defining myself to strangers on the internet (dating sites, forums, blogs, chat rooms) through pithy, articulate sentences carefully constructed to present myself as a paragon of humanity.
From Bebo through to My Space, Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and beyond, I’ve used the whole range of tricks from flattering camera angles to (tragically) writing easily Google-able ‘inspirational quotes’ in my profile in my attempts to appear like a rounded and likeable individual. I probably shouldn't admit this, then, but it comes as no surprise to me that the results of a recent survey reveal that 57 per cent of people have lied on their online dating profiles.
Internet dating has come a long way in the 15 years since You’ve Got Mail.
Once the sole preserve of people who exist entirely on the internet for one reason or another, it has steadily and stealthily infiltrated the lives of Normal People.
No longer are your recommended matches likely to be living in their parent’s basement at 42, nor do most of them have a profile picture that’s an awkwardly posed topless selfie in the bathroom mirror, socks visibly pulled up towards greying underwear.
On her screen, images of men appeared and then disappeared to the left and right, depending on the direction in which she wiped.
I felt a deep sense a rejection -- not personally, but on behalf of everyone at the bar.
Some might assume that people will be more dishonest in online compared to offline interactions, but the evidence does not support this idea.
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.
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.
Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.
The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.