Five years ago, an Austrian woman decided to give online dating a try.
(She asked that I only use her internet handle, Firefly, for reasons that will soon become clear.) It had been about a year since Firefly got divorced.
Her new boyfriend had a complicated backstory: He was an American soldier serving in Iraq, and he had a son living in Ghana.
But she had revealed to her new online beau how much she wanted children, and soon his 14-year-old son was emailing her.
But, when I use Badoo’s mobile app, the news that I was on the site was posted on Facebook for all my friends to see -- including my husband. The company says it’s on track to take in $150 million a year. He says while online dating may never entirely shed its stigma, a social dating site as popular as Badoo symbolizes a big change. You know, the freedom to lie about your age or weight.