Usage by 18- to 24-year-olds has enhanced almost threefold since 2013, while usage by 55- to 64-year-olds has doubled
Across human history, people have sought assistance from others ter meeting romantic vrouwen – and Americans today are increasingly looking for love online by enlisting the services of online dating sites and a fresh generation of mobile dating apps. A national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted June 10-July 12, , among Two,001 adults, finds that:
- 12% of American adults have everzwijn used an online dating webpagina, up slightly from 9% ter early 2013.
- 9% of American adults have everzwijn used a dating app on their cellphone. The share of Americans who use dating apps has enlargened threefold since early 2013 – at that point just 3% of Americans had used thesis apps.
Taken together, a total of 15% of American adults now report that they have used online dating sites and/or mobile dating apps, up from the 11% who reported doing so ter early 2013. 1
This growth has bot especially pronounced for two groups who have historically not used online dating at particularly high levels – the youngest adults, spil well spil those ter their late 50s and early 60s.
The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who report having used online dating has almost tripled te the last two years. Today 27% of thesis youthfull adults report that they have done so, up from just 10% te early 2013. Meantime, the share of 55- to 64-year-olds who use online dating has doubled overheen the same time period (from 6% ter 2013 to 12% te ).
For youthful adults te particular, this overall increase te online dating usage has bot accompanied by a dramatic increase te the use of mobile dating apps. Fully 22% of 18- to 24-year-olds now report using mobile dating apps, a more than fourfold increase from the 5% who reported using dating apps ter 2013. Thesis youthfull adults are now more likely than any other age group to use mobile dating apps.
41% of Americans know someone who uses online dating, 29% know someone who has met a spouse or long-term playmate via online dating
Albeit 15% of Americans have used online dating themselves, a larger share report that they are descendiente with online dating from the practices of people they know. Some 41% of American adults say they know someone who uses online dating, while 29% indicate they know someone who has married or entered into a long-term partnership with someone they met via online dating.
Spil wasgoed the case te previous Pew Research Center surveys of online dating, collegium graduates and the relatively affluent are especially likely to know people who use online dating or to know people who have entered into a relationship that began online. Almost six-in-ten collegium graduates (58%) know someone who uses online dating, and almost half (46%) know someone who has entered into a marriage or long-term partnership with someone they met via online dating. By comparison, just 25% of those with a high schoolgebouw oorkonde or less know someone who uses online dating – and just 18% know someone who has entered into a long-term relationship with someone they met this way.
Those who have attempted online dating opoffering mixed opinions about the practice – most have a positive outlook, even spil they recognize certain downsides
Users of online dating are generally positive – but far from universally so – about the pros and cons of dating digitally. On one palm, a majority of online dating users agree that dating digitally has distinct advantages overheen other ways of meeting romantic playmates:
- 80% of Americans who have used online dating agree that online dating is a good way to meet people.
- 62% agree that online dating permits people to find a better match, because they can get to know a lotsbestemming more people.
- 61% agree that online dating is lighter and more efficient than other ways of meeting people.
On the other mitt, a substantial minority of thesis users agree that meeting people online can have potential negative consequences:
- 45% of online dating users agree that online dating is more dangerous than other ways of meeting people.
- 31% agree that online dating keeps people from lodging down, because they always have options for people to date.
- 16% agree with the statement “people who use online dating sites are desperate.”
But despite thesis reservations, those who have personally used online dating themselves – or know someone who does – tend to have much more positive attitudes compared to those with little rechtstreeks exposure to online dating or online daters. For example, just 55% of non-users agree that online dating is a good way to meet people, while six-in-ten agree that online dating is more dangerous than other ways of meeting people.
Overall, guys and women who have used online dating tend to have similar views of the pros and cons – with one major exception relating to private safety. Some 53% of women who have used online dating agree that it is more dangerous than other ways of meeting people, substantially higher than the 38% of masculine online daters who agree with this statement.