Remember how Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks found love via AOL in You’ve Got Mail?

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In a quick succession, most of the dating websites we know today registered their official domains.

2004 is the year the social networking service Facebook was invented by Mark Zuckerberg in his Harvard University dorm room.

That is statistically similar to the 17% of online daters who said that this had happened to them when we first asked this question in 2005.

Even today, online dating is not universally seen as a positive activity—a significant minority of the public views online dating skeptically.

Some 22% of 25-34 year olds and 17% of 35-44 year olds are online daters.

Online dating is also relatively popular among the college-educated, as well as among urban and suburban residents.

And more seriously, 28% of online daters have been contacted by someone through an online dating site or app in a way that made them feel harassed or uncomfortable.

Women are much more likely than men to have experienced uncomfortable contact via online dating sites or apps: some 42% of female online daters have experienced this type of contact at one point or another, compared with 17% of men.

In fact, online dating is the second-most-common way for couples to meet–right behind meeting through friends.