This qualitative thesis is based on interviews with online daters and has been interpreted on the basis of Beck's theories of the risk society, Giddens theories of pure relationship, and Goffman's theories about the dramaturgical perspective. Despite the wealth of digital tools that allow people to search for potential partners, and even as one-in-ten Americans are now using one of the many online dating platforms, the vast majority of relationships still begin offline. Online dating use among to year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic. The online daters are likely to be disappointed if they go in with too high expectations, they also risk ending up in unsatisfying relationships or being deceived or mislead online by other online daters. Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating — and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive. Many online daters enlist their friends in an effort to put their best digital foot forward.