Are dating sites the new normal for those seeking long-term relationships?

Dating sites and apps seem to have exploded in popularity over the last 10 years or so. In times gone by, online dating had a certain stigma attached, and users were often thought of as being unable to attract a partner in real life. Using a dating website was a sure-fire way to be mocked by friends and family alike.

But with the launch of the dating app Tinder in 2012, online dating started to become more mainstream, and one estimate now suggests that there are upwards of 15 million singles using online…