As the online market grows, success stories are accumulating.In the Pew poll, nearly a quarter of online daters found their spouse or long-term partner through a site.We tend to pair up with people inside the bounds of our everyday: through work, school, friends, etc.But online dating breaks the geographic constraints, allowing relationship-seekers to meet people outside of their natural environments.
Research shows that, not surprisingly, geographic proximity is a top indicator of whom we'll marry.
Nationally, the stigma around online dating is fading.
The Pew poll showed that 21% of Internet users think online dating is only for the desperate, an eight-point decline from 2005.
Most users fell in the ripe age bracket of the mid-20s to mid-40s.
As with much of life, the Internet has colonized the dating landscape.