Fast forward to now – some 15 years later – and technology-facilitated dating has evolved dramatically. In just the past 5 years, we have transitioned from a website industry (e.g., e Harmony, Jdate) to a landscape that now includes specialized mobile dating applications (apps).Consider: In 2010, users spent more than twice as much time on dating websites as they did on dating apps. Just one year later, in 2011, users spent slightly more time on dating apps than they did on websites.
Apps are not only helping people find love, but also connection and support to like people.
For instance, 64% of gay men use apps to find friends.
The mental health benefits are essential as well, psychologist and co-founder of Stagg, Brad Brenner, states, “Mobile dating apps are a powerful expression of our desire to find community, friendship, chemistry, and love.”  It can sometimes be hard to find new people to form relationships with, perhaps because we are working too much, live in a community that lacks social connectivity, or some other reason.
 Although it is safe to say that dating apps are not used by everyone looking for romance, their use is quickly growing.
It is no surprise that technology-facilitated dating has taken off: it provides people with a socially acceptable way of increasing their social support system and potential dating pool.
In fact, a recent survey revealed that slightly over half of single respondents were more likely to turn to the internet than to friends for dating advice. We know that social well being is essential for balanced health.We all, or at least many of us, remember the classic Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie, “You’ve Got Mail.” For those of you who do not, it was one of the first movies to integrate online dating into the story line.In this 1998 classic, Ryan and Hanks send emails back and forth with the iconic AOL, “You’ve Got Mail” notification pinging away.With each new email, the two are able to talk about their problems, share pieces of themselves, and form a strong emotional bond. Far from being ‘creepy’ or antisocial, the movie shows how technology can facilitate healthy romantic relationships.