Despite the undeniable prevalence of online dating in 2016, most of us would agree that the practice is still riddled with an unusual stigma.
The subject itself continues to be divisive. ‘Confessing’ to online dating to a group of friends can generate some sideways glances, a barrage of unsolicited compliments (“you don’t need online dating!” “you’re too good for that” “just meet someone naturally, you’d get asked out all the time!”) and the inevitable “but what if they’re a mass murderer?”
It might come as a surprise, but research suggests that most people are not mass murderers. Or even just a one-off murderer. Considering most murders are carried out by husbands or ex lovers, you are statistically less likely to be killed on a date than your married friend is in her own house. Maybe don't say that out loud. But it does reveal how steeped the online dating stigma is in myth.
And that is why Fiona Falkiner's recent position as the first eHarmony ambassador is something worth celebrating.
She explained "I’m really happy with all areas of life, but the one area lacking is my love life. So 2016 is time for me to do something new."