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From Likes to Love: A Social Guide to Pairing

By OCGPR Staff | February 12, 2015

As someone who met a high school boyfriend on MySpace (don’t judge me), I’d say I’m an expert on finding love via online technology. But chances are, if you’re around my age, you probably have a similar story. According to Pew, 22% of 25-34 year-olds are online daters and 42% of all Americans know an online dater.

I remember in high school, I was always ashamed to tell people that my boyfriend and I had met online because people, including myself, thought it was kind of weird. But apparently, the stigma around finding a match online seems to be going away. Pew found that overall public attitudes about online dating have become much more positive in recent years, and social networking sites are now playing a prominent role when it comes to traversing and documenting romantic relationships. Even libraries are hosting online dating classes these days.

But while plenty of people have taken the online dating plunge – or at least tried online dating – some are still a little nervous about venturing into this brave new world of mobile love.  For starters, there are some privacy and safety issues surrounding it. Then there’s the ever-present worry that what you see online isn’t going to be what you get in person (one word: Catfish).

With that being said, if you’re still ready to trade in your matchmaking mom for your mobile device, there are quite a few options and choosing the right one for you is important to having the best possible experience.  Tweeting and direct messaging into happily ever after might work for some, while others prefer to sit back and let potential suitors come to them.

No matter what platform you choose, whether it be mobile apps like Tinder and Hinge, or a traditional online dating site like eHarmony, saying that you met your significant other via the world wide web is no longer anything to be ashamed of.

While I have you, I’d like to do a little research study of my own. Take this quiz to find out which online dating technology is best for you, and share your results in the comments below or tweet us here!

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