Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.Each week, I get letters by email, on my website, by Twitter and on Facebook from women who are sending money to Africa and Afghanistan to help service members come home. These are not men who are in the United States military. I tried to raise the money but was making myself sick trying. I really need your help because I’m trying to help my Army guy from Fort Campbell. Vicki, I met a sergeant in the Army on Facebook from the Zoosk dating site. He started asking me to send 0 for a secure phone line.He responded that he would rather forget about the phone than to lose me. His commander contacted me and said he still needs ,000 before he can be released. He has been through so much on these deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.It’s so unfair that the military would put all of these restrictions on them before releasing them.Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.