70% of USA gay couples have met online


Researchers Michael J Rosenfeld and Sonia Hausen of Stanford University, along with Reuben J Thomas of the University of New Mexico, gathered data from two previous studies to publish ‘Disintermediating your friends: How online dating in the United States displaces other ways of meeting’. They stated that for straight people it is easier to get connet5ed with each other offline, that is why they are half as likely to start relationships online as gay people, who are not only in minority, but also afraid to reveal their sexuality in majority of cases. The Internet gives them an opportunity to live a double life, where they are able to create a new identity, not connected with their offline surrounding. According to the researchers: “Individuals might not want to share their dating preferences and activities with their mother or with their friends. Active brokerage of romantic partnerships by a family member or friend would depend on the broker knowing what both individuals desire in a partner.”/p>


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