by Patrick Appel

Continuing Conor's online dating thread, people who use these services appear to defy stereotype:

The researchers found that people who are more “sociable are more likely to use Internet dating services than are those who are less sociable. This finding challenges the stereotypical profiling of Internet daters as being just lonely and socially anxious people.” ...High self-esteem folks feel like they have little to lose by trying Internet dating. Low self-esteem folks have more to lose, since more of their own self-value is tied up in the process unless they say, “Ah, yeah, it’s nice to have a partner, but whatever. I’m also just fine without one.” The upshot is that Internet dating is no longer the domain of the desperate nor those with low self-esteem (if it ever was).