These sites and apps may have come a long way since kicked off online dating in 1995, but studies are showing that there's still plenty of reasons to look away from your smartphones and try to meet people the old-fashioned way.
Here, we've rounded up a few kew drawbacks of online dating that might make you want to put more effort into meeting someone IRL.
There are hundreds of dating sites on the web, and it seems like the list is growing.
But for every dating site, there are thousands of user reviews praising or pummeling the sites; it's not always clear which sites are worth the effort in the great mate chase. Right Now, or as many misters as possible, there is a dating site for you.
Divine Caroline talked to relationship expert April Masini to find the top dating sites for millennials. Best for No Cost: Ok Cupid Ok Cupid is full of 20-somethings looking for relationships of all kinds, so it's great for people looking to dive into the dating pool without emptying their pockets.
Based on responses to a lengthy questionnaire, Ok Cupid calculates your compatibility percentage with other users.
"If you're looking for a serious relationship, my advice is spend the money for a paid membership," Masini says.
Zoosk's Smart Pick behavioral matchmaking engine learns about your dating preferences as you use it.
Best for Taking Dating on the Go: Zoosk Zoosk claims to be the number one dating app on smart phones, and for a good reason.
The app has easy browsing and communication tools that help you connect with local users. "It's a hip, visually oriented site, which tends to attract daters in their twenties and thirties." Organized like most social media sites, Zoosk is easy to navigate and explore.
In fact, that aforementioned 2012 review found that online daters were less willing to settle down and commit to a single partner while they had boundless options literally at their fingertips, a sentiment that 32 percent of Internet users echoed in a 2013 Pew Research Center poll.
A potential limitation, according to a 2012 critical analysis paper, is that sites don't have any way of knowing how people will act once they've met a match, since the intake questionnaires only gather information about singles they're matched.