The report due out Monday from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project suggests that attitudes toward online dating "have progressed in a clearly positive direction." In fact, 59 percent of Internet users agree that online dating is a good way to meet people. As Americans shop, socialize and entertain themselves online, a growing number are turning to the Internet to find dates.Some 11 percent of people who started a long-term relationship in the past decade say they met their partner online.And so when we think about a place where investing and getting what you really want is particularly valuable, it seems like the market for a life partner is hard to beat.
This brings us to the biggest con of online anything: The bad guys lie.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says that 1 in 5 children are sexually solicited online.
Nearly a quarter of them have used online dating sites, compared with just 10 percent of people in the 18 to 24 age group.
For ages 35 to 44, it's 17 percent and then the numbers fall to the single digits.
According to Match.com, 1 in 5 relationships begin online. It could be your worst nightmare or a dream come true.