Observers are split on their attitudes and perceptions toward online dating.According to a article, the idea that people who use online dating sites are "desperate" is wrong.

american  use dating online-85

If you're not an online dater, you probably know someone who is.

According to a Pew survey, almost half (42 percent) of Americans know an online dater, while slightly more than a quarter (29 percent) know someone who found a spouse or formed a long-term relationship through online dating. Online daters have a better chance of meeting their match online, although most people still pair bond offline.

However, the mating paradigm is shifting: the share of Internet users who met their mate online has doubled, from 3 percent in 2005 to 6 percent in 2010.

Two thirds (66 percent) of online daters have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or app, while almost a quarter (23 percent) of them met their significant other through these channels, according to an article entitled "Online Dating & Relationships." 7.

This perception is probably a remnant of an early stigma attached to online dating.

Yet, some people still thumb their noses at online dating.

The best online dating sites in the United States have millions of members. is so great for online dating because there is a site for pretty much any niche or interest you can imagine. is that you have millions of singles to choose from. I used this site for two years while I was living in New York and had quite a few dates.

Even the second tier online dating sites pack a punch with hundreds of thousands of members. The abundance of choice though has its advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantage is that there are a ton of bad online dating sites full of fake profiles and empty promises. Unlike e Harmony though, I spent a lot more time weeding through lower quality profiles.

The United States of America is the undisputed heavyweight of online dating. Match.com: If online dating was boxing, would be in the heavyweight category.