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"In general, it is a great thing that exists."Reggie, a 20-something operations manager for a nonprofit organization - who, like all the dating app users we talked to, preferred to give only his first name and occupation as biographical details when talking about the subject - said he tends to keep online dating out of most in-person conversations.
Most of his friends do the same."We don't want to put something that is supposed to be like a dating, personal ad into our real world," he says.
"I think that delineation, that separation from online-date persona and in-person social situations, is a real thing."He also separates his online dating from his social-media activity.
It's a form of image management, like his adherence to the "mom rule": keeping an online presence that he wouldn't be embarrassed for his mother to see.
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"But we're still not at the point where everyone is comfortable."Perhaps you heard that inquiry from a well-meaning aunt, cousin or yenta-of-some-relation over a recent holiday meal.
* Before a dating app can help you find the right match, however, you have to find the right match of a dating app.
And there's a growing number of options to sort through.
ONLINE DATING: More and more people are doing it, but no one wants to talk about it. A recent Pew study found that 11 percent of American adults have used online dating sites or mobile apps - a figure that was just 3 percent five years ago.
Among Internet users who were currently single and looking for a partner, 38 percent had tried online dating.
Ben, also working at a nonprofit group, said the relative anonymity of dating websites, where only other members of the sites can see a fellow user's name and photo, is a benefit.
He doesn't think we're at a place yet where potential bosses or girlfriends who might search his name on Google would be open-minded about seeing it tied to Tinder."More and more people are having those conversations," he said.