We might be living in the golden age of online dating.

The 1990s gave us human matchmakers who encouraged us to make recordings of interviews to send out for dates. In the 2000s, the first dating websites and apps came along. And since then, the matchmaking business has become a multibillion-dollar industry with upward of 40 million of us signed up and looking for love.

As of now, more than 1,500 dating apps and websites are available to users worldwide. So it's no wonder that all kinds of misinformation is rife about dating apps.

Let's try to dispel some of those misconceptions, so you can get down to the important task of finding that special person without worrying unnecessarily.

Myth: Dating apps encourage a hookup culture.

Reality: Many people blame apps for creating casual hookups, not relationships. They believe the act of having sex with someone once then never speaking to them again was created by Grindr or