from Brooklyn, NY for suggesting this week’s topic: Online dating, once a fringe and stigmatized activity, is now over a $2 billion industry.Over 40 million Americans have given online dating a try, and over a of the American couples married between 20 met online.

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is a book of personal essays about online dating edited by published author Kelly Ann Jacobson.

Including both the strange and the beautiful–a Halloween warehouse party, a German soul mate, a date who does cocaine, a drunken offering to Yemanja, and of course, a lot of weddings–Authors: Brandi Dawn Henderson, Diana Smith Bolton, Melanie Lynn Griffin, Ellen Appleby, Gabrielle Lee, Faye Rivkin, Jessica Barksdale, Frances Carden, Melani Robinson, Jean Kim, Samantha Solomon, Jason Shand, Margot Bigg, Jason S., and Erin P. Canning “In an anthology featuring 17 men and women writing about their online dating experiences, it would be simple to fall into a space where gushing and bashing replaces introspection and emotions.

Yet, Answers I’ll Accept never takes shortcuts when exploring the world of internet love.

The writing is as complicated as the stories being told, with plots and story structures as quirky and unique as the feelings being expressed.

But is this a positive development or something to be concerned about?

Is online dating making the world better and dating more effective, or is something important being lost or sacrificed as a result?

The way the current trend is heading, what will dating be like in 2030, and will that be a better or worse time to be on the dating market than 1995? I think the term “online dating” is part of the problem and makes people who don’t know much about it think it refers to people forming entire relationships online and only meeting in person much later.

The anthology is an unexpected surprise—kind of like finding the love of your life on a computer screen.” – Ayren Jackson-Cannady, freelance lifestyle writer and editor “Although Jacobson was inspired to write about online dating because of her success story in that arena, Answers I’ll Accept is hardly an e Harmony ad.

The voices of the collection are diverse and honest, recounting experiences from Match, OKCupid, Craigslist, e Harmony, JDate, AOL chatrooms, emails and listservs–and sometimes, all of the above.

These dispatches from the front lines of online dating are gritty and good-humored, with both heartbreak and happy endings only a few clicks away.” – Melody Wilson, Melody & Words “I met my husband after many rounds of dutiful Internet dating, and I certainly picked up a few stories in the process.

This collection brings together some outstanding (and sometimes harrowing) tales by a diverse group of writers.