I am fortunate enough to remember when online dating was very taboo and you practically had to hide admitting to it.
I remember that squirmy feeling when I met a new girl and when someone asked where we met, I would always say a coffee shop.
There is some truth to it though because that's where we arranged to meet for the first time.
So it wasn't an outright lie, it was 50% correct. At least that's what I made myself believe.
It took many years for online dating to be something that was no longer taboo. I still think though that people that hold traditional values still look at it negatively. I can understand this as it's still relatively new. In 50 years from now, I think most relationships are going to be formed online one way or another.
It doesn't even have to be from a dating site. It could be through Facebook or some other social platform. This makes it even easier to accept and soon the perception of online dating will become positive more than negative. At least that's how I see it.
For those that are shy to walk up to someone or worried that they might be accused of harassing someone, (especially in this day and age of the #metoo movement and PC culture) online dating provides an outlet of comfort that you just can't experience in the "real world."
Being able to lounge in your chair and surf the web for beauties if you're a guy or looking for your next man whether you're a woman or a gay man, it doesn't matter - is a great feeling.