COLES COUNTY, Ill. (WTHI) - Valentine's Day has been jokingly nicknamed "Single's Awareness Day." But, there may be a dating option you haven't tapped into yet.
Officials say there are 40 million Americans using online dating websites. It isn’t just for the young either! Today, 12% of 55 to 64-year-olds report ever using an online dating site or mobile dating app.
Officials say the dating pool is slightly better for the ladies, as there are more men out there for them to choose from. However, even here in the Wabash Valley folks are taking part in the online dating scene.
When you know you know. That's how Tyler and Cassie Johnson describe their love story that was kindled online.
Tyler Johnson recalls, "I kind of gave up all other options and thought, ‘You know, you can find anything else on the internet, so why not give it a shot you know?’ Didn't expect much out of it.”
Cassie Johnson shares, “Yeah, I was kind of giggling when I signed up."
Despite being skeptical, they both signed up for Match.com.
Cassie says, “I thought, ‘Oh those are just silly websites that never end in anything good’. It was when I was answering those questions I thought, 'Ooh, this is pretty deep stuff! This could maybe go somewhere!"
And go it did!
Cassie shares, “I had several people approach me. But I found him the most interesting, and I loved his beard."
Within 24 hours, Tyler and Cassie connected over the website. They talked non-stop for a week before their first date.
Tyler recalls, “She walked up and I was like, ‘Wow, there's no way this girl is going to want anything to do with me.”
Cassie says, "Like I didn't know why I was so nervous. I felt like I knew him, but meeting him for the first time, it was like butterflies."
The rest is history. The couple started dating in March 2014, and Tyler proposed in August of that year. The pair married in March of 2015, and baby Oliver came along January of 2017. None of it would have been possible without the World Wide Web.
Cassie recalls, "It’s funny that we were only 15 or 20 minutes away from each other and we have some mutual friends but we never met."
So if you're at the end of your rope, take it from the Johnson’s. Cassie says, "Don’t give up and definitely give it a try. That's my recommendation." Tyler says, "Be honest." The love of your life may be on the other side of a computer screen.
The Johnson’s had a very sweet online dating experience.
But, if you dive into online dating, keep your guard up! Officials say more than half of people lie on their online dating profiles!