The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.
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About one-in-five 18- to 24-year olds (22%) now report using mobile dating apps; in 2013, only 5% reported doing so.
One-third of people who have used online dating have never actually gone on a date with someone they met on these sites.
When we first studied online dating habits in 2005, most Americans had little exposure to online dating or to the people who used it, and they tended to view it as a subpar way of meeting people.
Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.And they found that compatibility was greater in partners after they had added those online-dating connections to that society.Earlier studies — in which real people were surveyed — have found relationships that begin online tend to have an advantage over those that began offline.The takeaway here isn't that online dating is a panacea for your romantic troubles. But as online dating becomes more prevalent — right now it's the second most common way for heterosexual American couples to meet and the most common way for homosexual American couples to meet — it could have a meaningful impact on the divorce rate, and on overall relationship happiness.Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.None of this research proves that online dating causes couples to have a stronger relationship.