Changes that online dating companies have created include not only the increase of pickiness in singles, but the rise in interracial marriages and spread the acceptance of homosexual individuals.
Dating sites "are a place where sexual minorities, inter-sexed people and gay people are enjoying a newly found freedom".
A major benefit in the rise of Internet dating is the decrease in prostitution.
People no longer need to search on the streets to find casual relationships.
They can find them online if that is what they desire.
Substantially fewer reported using the Internet for the speciﬁc purposes of identifying potential sexual or marital partners." Faye Mishna, Alan Mc Luckie, and Michael Saini, co-authors of the Oxford Journal article Real-World Dangers in an Online Reality: A Qualitative Study Examining Online Relationships and Cyber Abuse, reported the results of their research and observation of over 35,000 individuals between the ages of 6 and 24 who have been or currently are a part of an internet relationship.
Of the final 346 posts chosen to be included in the study, the average age of online users sharing information about their online relationship(s) was 14 years old.
The major difference here is that an internet relationship is sustained via computer or online service, and the individuals in the relationship may or may not ever meet each other in person.