There was a time, not too long ago, when online dating seemed crazy. (At some point, a similar point of view was likely shared when couples started dating unchaperoned.) But by now, online dating is mainstream: according to the Pew Research Center, a full 38 percent of single people in the US have tried it, and if you haven’t, you most certainly know someone who has.

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Plus, your experience with any online dating site is going to be colored by all sorts of things: your gender, age, sexual orientation, looks, location. Knowing it would be impossible to evaluate the ineffable, we set out simply to find which online dating sites were most likely to get you a compatible match.

The actual “going on dates” part we’ll leave to you.

We started by compiling every kind of dating website and mobile dating app we could find.

According to Online Dating Magazine, 20% of Americans have gone out on a date with someone they met on line.

And every year, more than 280,000 marry someone they met that way. One survey found that Americans are spending nearly a billion dollars for online dating services.

Finally, it's not just for the young and tech savvy.

Research shows it may be just as popular with older adults.

Online dating requires some courage and thoughtful planning.

Use these tips to help navigate the realm of online dating.