(CNN) - Online dating sites and apps have multiplied over the last decade, and social networking sites have added even more ways to meet people.
With that growth, new research from the Pew Internet and American Life project finds Americans giving digital dating a more positive view than in their last study in 2005.
"The stigma around dating online and meeting people online has really decreased substantially since the last time we asked about this. So the last time we studied this subject, less than half the people agreed that online dating was a good way to meet people. Now 60 percent of the public agrees that that's the case," said Aaron Smith, Pew Research Center senior researcher.
Still, there are pitfalls.
"A specific downside that we heard about was people getting contacted in a way that was uncomfortable or harassing, and that was particularly prominent among women," said Smith.
Another frequently cited downside - misrepresentation, in a profile or other communication. But whether meeting online or offline, risks can be the same.
"Much like real-life dating, there's downsides, there's disappointments. There's things that you get into and maybe realize they're not as good as you thought they would be," Smith said.
The digital era also means more opportunities to search for information. About three in 10 internet users surveyed said they've looked at a social networking site or search engine to find out more about their date.
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