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Throughout human history, people have sought assistance from others in meeting romantic partners – and Americans today are increasingly looking for love online by enlisting the services of online dating sites and a new generation of mobile dating apps.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.As was the case in previous Pew Research Center surveys of online dating, college 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.A national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted June 10-July 12, 2015, among 2,001 adults, finds that: This growth has been especially pronounced for two groups who have historically not used online dating at particularly high levels – the youngest adults, as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who report having used online dating has nearly tripled in the last two years.Check out some of our favourites: Online dating advice: Kate Taylor - Seven Steps To The Perfect First Email Mind, body and soul: Lara Loveless - 5 Ways To Improve Your Dating Success Without Actually Dating Insights into the dating world: Laura Yates - Eliminating Game Playing In Dating Exciting and interesting date ideas: Seb Goshawk - Our Top Free Dating Ideas In London Keep up to date with all the latest articles over at the Match dating blog and make sure you’re as ready to start meeting new people!
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Nearly six-in-ten college graduates (58%) know someone who uses online dating, and nearly 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 school diploma 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.
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Users of online dating are generally positive – but far from universally so – about the pros and cons of dating digitally.