Before the days of the Internet, meeting people required physical interaction. You’d see someone who caught your eye at a bar, coffee shop, school – wherever. You asked them out on a date and if you two hit it well, you guys then dated.

Boy, has dating has certainly changed since then!

Thanks to the Internet, you can meet someone while sitting at home, typing on your computer. Or, through the wonderful world of social media, you can ask them out on Facebook or send them a tweet. These days, people don’t have time to meet others the traditional ways anymore due to busy and hectic lives. It’s a lot easier to go home at the end of a long workday, open up your favorite bottle of wine and browse profiles on Internet dating sites. If a profile looks promising, you message them and hope they’re into you, too. If not, it’s on to the next one.

Welcome to the age of Internet dating!

Before hooking up on the web was cool, there was this stigma about online dating sites. Since it wasn’t as popular as it is now, the consensus was that Internet dating was for losers who couldn’t find a date in real life. Obviously, that’s not the mentality anymore because over the past few years, online dating has become a widely accepted way to meet others – both for fun and serious commitments. In fact, it’s believed that one in five relationships begin online!

That definitely gives you hope in finding your significant other using online dating services and sites. Hundreds, if not thousands, of online dating sites have popped up all over the web in response to the increase of those looking for love online. There are even niche dating sites that promise to find matches based on your ethnicity, religion and hobbies.

Online dating has recently seen an increase thanks to the Tinder app that allows you to find locals looking to meet people by simply swiping left or right. Popular with younger singles, older romantics looking for serious soul mates usually opt for online dating sites that provide in-depth profiles and compatibility matches.

The fact that online dating is so convenient and easy to do is what makes it so appealing. Long gone are the days of having to go and wait at a bar to see if you like someone, then buy them a drink and do small talk for the rest of the night. You can do it anywhere from your computer, phone or tablet. And if things go well while communicating online, daters can choose to meet up and then see if there’s any real-life chemistry and take it from there.

The future of online dating is endless as more and more singles turn to it for love. So if you’ve had back luck in the dating scene, it’s time to try out digital love because chances are, you’ll end up getting lucky!