"You don't hear that any more."Public attitudes toward online dating are becoming more positive, and people are less uncomfortable talking about it, as the volume of online daters has grown in recent years, experts said.
Right, and checking your e-mail in the same sitting? While some still view online dating with suspicion, millions of Americans are turning to those sites as an alternative to bars and blind dates. Fellouris, a marriage and family therapist in New Bedford.
"You have to wonder why they're hiding behind a computer in the first place.
They can't hide if they're right in front of you."Joe Tracy, publisher of Online Dating Magazine, said online dating has been stigmatized as the last resort for the desperate and lonely.
The stigma has diminished, though it still lingers somewhat.
The reality of online dating belies the negative perception, Mr.
Tracy said."In fact, it's the best way possible to meet your soul mate," he said.