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in the real world, the last few times she'd been to wine bars with a girlfriend in the hopes of meeting someone new, she said, "We were like, 'Where are all the people?' There aren't any."For Fields, it was the relatively recent void-of-people-in-public-places that led her to spend more time with her keyboard.About 19% of unmarried men and 25% of unmarried women said they wanted one even more. The 42-year-old from Santa Monica rejoined the weekend after Thanksgiving, having broken up with the guy she'd been seeing the last few months.While Fields had attempted to find men more organically, i.e.Consumer Reports recently surveyed almost 115,000 subscribers about their experiences with online dating.A subset of 96,000 readers were then asked to rate dating apps and sites based on overall satisfaction and satisfaction with features such as privacy settings, amount of information provided about potential dates, and the quantity of matches.The CR Survey also found that, among those hesitant to try online dating, 9 percent of men and 21 percent of women are reluctant because they knew someone who had a bad experience.
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Craigslist personals postings and e registrations have each seen 20% increases in 2008.
has seen an even larger spike; its memberships were 22% higher in December than they were in the same period last year.
Those disturbing trends aren't likely to end any time soon.
In fact, they're likely to continue, bringing twin results: even higher anxiety levels, and impulses to entwine one's life with that of another."Stressful times can have a big effect on people's desire to be in relationships," said Gian Gonzaga, an e Harmony research scientist.