“A lot of people in their social networks have friends or have family members who’ve had a successful online dating experience,” Gordon said.“It’s not seen as something that’s embarrassing anymore, it’s seen as normal.” Alex Resila met his girlfriend using Tinder, a mobile app that matches you up with people in your area.
Almost one in four online daters said they’d found their spouse or long-term romantic partner, up from almost twenty percent eight years ago.
SU Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies Cynthia Gordon said Internet users are comfortable using it.
These figures had jumped dramatically from 2005, when Pew Research first began to poll people about online dating.
In 2005, just 44% of respondents suggested that online dating was a good way to meet people.
But although online dating can feel like the most accessible way to find a partner, for some communities it can still feel like an exclusive environment.
Yes, online dating can be great for white, heterosexual, cisgendered, and able-bodied people.This is, in part, down to the huge growth of the online dating industry. Firstly, as a disabled person, you may be looking to date another disabled person.But, in addition, it means that able-bodied people might be more open to the idea of dating someone with a disability as they’re seeing it more readily.Since online dating first became a thing, it seems to have become more accessible for people with disabilities.Slowly but surely, online dating websites and apps are becoming more inclusive.It’s for these reasons that 15% of American adults have now used an online dating site or a mobile dating app, according to a Pew Research Center study published in 2016.