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The usage of dating sites and apps is also rising, and it’s rising among different age groups

The usage of dating sites and apps is also rising, and it’s rising among different age groups

Years ago, online dating was viewed by many as the last resort, a place of desperation, and the end of the road for those unable to find a relationship the “normal” way. However, times have seriously changed. Nowadays, it is often the first option rather than the last for someone seeking romance.

Like anyone else, more and more doctors are turning to online dating to meet single men and women outside of their immediate social circles. With a chaotic schedule and long hours, online dating can be an easy way to, at the very least, make an initial introduction. For single doctors, online dating may be the easiest way to get back into the fray. Setting up a basic profile takes only a few minutes, and then it’s off into the cyber world.

Critics say that online dating has been overhyped and is probably one of the worst places to find someone if you want a relationship. Yet much of the early stigma surrounding the concept of finding romance on the Internet has dissipated, and its popularity is soaring. Still, it does have drawbacks.

“Online dating is kind of like shopping at Amazon,” said Kurt,* a 52-year-old hospitalist living in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. “You window-shop, make a selection, and hope for the best. But it’s kind of vague about the return policy.”

(*Editor’s note: Some of the physicians in this article preferred that we use only their first names to identify them.)

He’s been shopping for the past 3 years with mixed success.

With the popularity of online sites such as Match.com, Zoosk, eHarmony, OkCupid, and Plenty of Fish, and apps such as Tinder that are used on mobile phones, online dating is now considered “normal” and mainstream.

Recent data from the Pew Research Center show that the overwhelming majority of Americans feel that online dating sites are a good way to meet people. (više…)

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