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A new Pew study finds that online dating in the US has tripled in five years, and that people are increasingly viewing online dating as a good way to meet people.

Not long ago, most Americans viewed online dating as a last resort, or something for only the most desperate of daters. 

Couples who found each other via the Internet would often make up elaborate "how we met" stories to avoid admitting to their digital courtship. Now that longtime stigma seems to be on the decline.

A new Pew study released Monday shows the number of Americans using online dating services has tripled in five years. In addition, 59 percent of people surveyed said that they believed online dating to be a good way to meet people, up from 44 percent in 2005.  

For more on the findings of the Pew study and on the state of online dating today we're joined by UCLA sociologist and dating consultant Jessica Carbino. 

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