5 facts about online dating

igital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships. Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U.S. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.

Here are five facts about online dating:

1Online dating has lost much of its stigma, and a majority of Americans now say online dating is a good way to meet people.

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ParentsNeed Relaunches Their Website

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(London, UK)—ParentsNeed, a premier website that provides tips and guides related to parenting at every stage of life, has recently announced the relaunch of their website with a new design as well as a new focus. According to the site’s owners, ParentsNeed.com now better reflects their core values and helps to shift the focus of their work back to what really matters – parents and their concerns. In addition to the parenting guides they provide, the site also provides unbiased, in-depth reviews on many of the top baby products on the market.

Lisa Hayden, a representative of ParentsNeed, commented “It would be a difficult task to find anyone who would call parenting an easy job. From getting pregnant to raising high-schoolers, being a parent can be a tough job for which there is often very little guidance and support. This is why we launched Parents Need in the first place and the reason why we have redesigned and relaunched this new site. Our focus is truly on helping parents succeed, and the new site is a better reflection of that core value. We want parents to know that they don’t have to feel alone and that we’re here to help them through every stage of their child’s life.”

The ParentsNeed website now features a straightforward design with an easy flow that helps parents effortlessly find the information they need. The site includes articles and guides in categories that reflect every stage of parenting as well as address important concerns that often arise during those life stages. There are special sections of the website for pregnancy and fertility tips, helpful articles on parenting principles, and comprehensive reviews on top products that will help parents better enjoy the days they have with their kids.

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Online Dating Can Be Dangerous

An estimated 40 million Americans use online dating services hoping to meet “the one.” There are more than 1,400 Web sites in the $700 million a year business, but some question their safety.

Prosecutors say a Philadelphia nursing student was conning women on match.com. He was convicted this week of assault, but the accusations don’t end there. His victims, described as attractive, ambitious professionals say their lives will never be the same.

Prosecutors said Jeffrey Marsalis, 34, told some tall tales, pretending to be a doctor, an astronaut and even a spy to lure women on Internet dating sites.

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Most Of Your Facebook Friends Are Not Your Real Friends, Says Study

Ever since Facebook FB +0.43% launched in 2004, it has been used to help people stay connected with friends and family. The average Facebook user may have have hundreds or thousands of friends on Facebook, but only a small number of those friends can be counted on during tough times — according to a study by Oxford University psychology professor Robin Dunbar. Dunbar is also known for coming up with Dunbar’s number, which theorizes that people can maintain only about 150 stable relationships.

Dunbar studied the results from 3,375 Facebook users between the ages of 18 and 65 in the U.K. These users had an average of about 150 friends, of which 4.1 were dependable and 13.6 expressed sympathy during an “emotional crisis.” You will notice that these numbers align closely with Dunbar’s number theory.

“In this study, the sizes of the two inner friendship circles did not differ from those previously identified in offline samples,” said Dunbar in his research. “Respondents who had unusually large networks did not increase the numbers of close friendships they had, but rather added more loosely defined acquaintances into their friendship circle.”

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Five Awesome Tricks to Help You Make the Most of Your Online Dating Experience

Online dating is a wonderful way to meet other singles, but some people can find it overwhelming. With so many singles available to contact instantly it can be hard knowing how best to make contact and get their attention.

That’s why, as a leading dating coach and dating expert, I’ve helped hundreds of singles navigate the online dating labyrinth. I write dating profiles and make sure they get plenty of dates from the multitude of online dating sites .

To help, here are some fantastic shortcuts I teach my online dating clients to make sure you have a better, more rewarding experience.

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