One in every ten American adults has used an online dating site or a mobile dating app.
We refer to these individuals throughout this report as “online daters,” and we define them in the following way: Taken together, 11% of all American adults have done one or both of these activities and are classified as “online daters.” In terms of demographics, online dating is most common among Americans in their mid-20’s through mid-40’s.
A further 43 percent used online dating for friendly contact and only 24 percent of respondents stated that that they used online dating apps and services explicitly for sexual encounters.
The same survey also found that there were more male internet users who were currently using dating sites or apps than female users.
Online dating is also relatively popular among the college-educated, as well as among urban and suburban residents.
Here are 23 statistics to get your heart pounding: Meeting people online is a lot more common than you might think. An estimated 66% of them have gone on at least one date with someone they met through a dating site.
A growing number of men and women who are looking for love give online dating the thumbs up.
General public attitudes towards online dating have become much more positive in recent years, and social networking sites are now playing a prominent role when it comes to navigating and documenting romantic relationships.
These are among the key findings of a national survey of dating and relationships in the digital era, the first dedicated study of this subject by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project since 2005.