The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

February 14, 2014

Online meeting 2nd to friend introduction

By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

HERMITAGE — About one-third of married couples in the country have met online, and may be happier than folks who met the old-fashioned way.

Findings like these were reported by both USA Today and the New York Daily News within the last year.

“I know oftentimes there’s a stigma (about online dating),” Michelle McVicker, 37, of Hermitage, said.

Michelle and her husband Matt, 39, met online and just celebrated their third wedding anniversary on New Year’s Eve.

You may be surprised with the results if you were to Google Internet marriage statistics.

For married couples in the U.S., meeting online was a close second to those who met through friends, according to the New York Daily News.

“We met (in person) in the Sam’s Club parking lot in Niles; that way there were people around in case I was a terrible person who was going to kidnap her,” Matt McVicker joked.

There may be stories of disastrous or horrifying online dating experiences, but the McVickers, and another local couple, Janelle and Bob McDonough, from Hermitage, are proof that finding your soulmate online can change your life in a positive way.

Janelle, 54, and Bob, 59, met on in February 2002. Janelle said she was just looking for a friend.

“Online dating sometimes gets a bad rap and there are some horror stories out there,” Janelle said. “There are also some success stories. We feel that we are one of those success stories.”

It didn’t take the McVickers long to find each other, but both talked briefly with others.

“There’s a lot of creeps out there. I was very wary,” Michelle McVicker said. “There were people who were not afraid to ask or offer to send nude pictures.”

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