Common internet dating questions

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Since 85% of the population now goes online, that means that one out of every ten Americans (9%) has used an online dating site at one point or another.

The college-educated and those in their mid-twenties through mid-forties are especially likely to use online dating sites.

In terms of demographics, online dating is most common among Americans in their mid-20’s through mid-40’s.

Some 22% of 25-34 year olds, and 17% of 35-44 year olds are online daters—that is roughly double the rate for those ages 18-24 or those ages 45-54.

Looking separately at the two distinct elements that make up definition of an online dater, some 11% of internet users say that they have used an online dating site.

This does not include users of mobile dating apps, which will be discussed in the next section of the report.

Nonetheless, attitudes towards online dating have progressed in a clearly positive direction in the eight years since our previous study: Additionally, one-third of internet users (32%) agree with the statement that “online dating keeps people from settling down because they always have options for people to date.” This is the first time we have asked this question, and therefore we cannot determine how it has changed over time (if at all).

Perhaps unsurprisingly, people who have used online dating themselves have positive views about the process compared with the overall population.

However, every major demographic group is now significantly more likely to respond in the affirmative to this question than was the case when we first asked it in 2005.The typical (median) online dating site user is 38 years old, while the typical (median) dating app user is 29 years old—nearly a decade younger.Although the proportion of Americans who say that they personally use online dating has not changed dramatically since 2005, familiarity with online dating through others (i.e., knowing someone who uses online dating, or knowing someone who has entered into a relationship via online dating) has increased significantly over that time.Seniors are again especially notable in this regard, as 20% of those 65 and older now know someone who has entered into a serious relationship with someone they met via online dating.That is a three-fold increase over the 7% of seniors who said “yes” to this question in 2005.

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