Notably, Americans ages 65 and older are now twice as likely to know someone who uses online dating than they were in 2005 (24% of seniors now know an online dater, compared with 13% who did so eight years ago).
Similarly, college graduates and the relatively affluent are especially likely to say that they know someone who has met a spouse or long-term partner via online dating—and once again, nearly every major demographic group is more likely to know someone who has done this compared with eight years ago.
As we did in our previous study, we presented online dating site users with an open-ended follow-up question asking which particular dating site(s) they have used.
was the most-mentioned site in both our 20 studies, and e Harmony also ranked highly in both 20.
Urban and suburban residents are more likely than rural residents to use online dating, and those who have attended college are around twice as likely to do so as are those who have not attended college.
Of course, only a portion of the population is in the market for a relationship at any given time.
As we found in our previous research on this subject, Americans’ attitudes towards online dating are relatively nuanced.
In 2008 just 3% of all Americans said that they had used an online dating site; by 2009 that figure had risen to 6% of all Americans, and today 9% of the adult population has used an online dating site.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.The five sites with the most mentions in each year are listed below: The online dating marketplace has undergone dramatic changes since we conducted our first study on this subject in 2005.In particular, many services now offer cell phone apps that allow users to update their profile, search the profiles of others, and find potential dates in their area using their mobile phone.