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Published June 16, 2013, 09:52 PM

Online dating looks like it could be "the love story of the future"

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- You may remember, not so long ago searching for a partner online was considered taboo or may have brought a jab from a friend or two.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- You may remember, not so long ago searching for a partner online was considered taboo or may have brought a jab from a friend or two.

How a couple of years can change things, the number of singles using dating sites now far outweighs the number that doesn't.

Kristy Kuck and Gary Patocah's online fairy tale had an unconventional beginning.

Forget E-harmony and match.com, they met as teammates in a Facebook game called Mafia Wars.

Kristy Kuch- Met Boyfriend Online: "We were in a clan and we just started talking one night and next thing you know it was 5 hours."

The happy couple of 3 years is one of millions finding love online.

Kristy Kuch- Met Boyfriend Online: "It forces you to get to know the person."

Studies show there were 54-million singles in the U-S in 2012. 40 Million people have tried online dating.

The latest breakout number, more than 1/3 of marriages since 2005 were couples who met online.

And the market is expanding.

E-harmony and Match dot com are the giants boasting a combined 35 million members.

Sites like Christian Mingle go after a niche group.

There's even a new app called Tinder. You just browse pictures and say yes or no.

If both people reply yes to the others looks, they're connected to chat. And it's blowing up on college campuses.

Kristy Kuch- Met Boyfriend Online: "I didn't even really know what he looked like we were just talking and talking and we got to know each other so well."

Whether your path to love starts meeting on Tinder, Eharmony or as a mobster in Mafia Wars - it appears online dating is not just here to stay but a major part of "the love story of the future" getting more and more couples to say I do."

Studies show more men use online dating than women.

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