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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Looking For Love Online

June 14, 2005 -- Posted at 3:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- It's a trend growing nationwide. There are more singles in the nation now than ever before, but why are these people turning to the Internet to find Miss or Mr. Right.

"There are a lot of people who are single. Looking for a date, or a partner, or to repartner. Online dating will address that demand," said Assistant Professor, Dr. Chris Wienke.

A demand steadily on the rise.

"Online dating contributes to what might be called consumers approach to dating. It gives you the opportunity to shop around and find the best deal, or a bargain in another person," said Wienke.

Whether it's the convenience of getting to know someone in the comfort of your own home without being face to face, or simply, you're tired of the more conventional ways of dating -- online matchmaking is becoming commonplace.

"As more people are going along trying it, perhaps telling friends who tell friends, and so on--it sort of helps lose it's stigmatizing effect," said Wienke.

Another question many people ask is how can someone feel such strong emotions for someone they have chatted with online or met only a few times.

"They may go online with high expectations. Maybe, they meet someone--there's a lot of anticipation upon their subsequent meeting--and if things don't work out right it can be disappointing and discouraging," said Wienke.

Whether or not this trend in online dating will continue remains to be seen, but those who were lucky in love might say dating and the Internet is a match made in heaven.

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