It looked at how people use and feel about online dating and, interestingly, compared some recent statistic to those from 2005 to see if attitudes have changed at all in the past 10 years. Here's a look at what they learned about online dating, from how many people are really meeting online to how many people still find it embarrassing: Five percent!So yes, despite all those dating apps and sites that take up all your phone's storage, relationships are still beginning offline today. But this was over a lot of different ages— from 18 to 65 plus.Check out our new podcast, I Want It That Way, which delves into the difficult and downright dirty parts of a relationship, and find more on our Soundcloud page.Online dating apps have been accused of fueling hook-up culture, and killing romance and even the dinner date, but their effects on society are deeper than originally thought. The rise of internet dating services could be behind stronger marriages, an increase in interracial partnerships, and more connections between people from way outside our social circles, according to a new study by economics professors Josue Ortega at the University of Essex and Philipp Hergovich at the University of Vienna in Austria.“We don’t always fall in love with our clone so a wider dating net, be it outside of race and ethnicity or tapping into a large LGBTQ pool creates happy unions,” she said.
So a lot more people think it's a good option, but nearly 1 in 4 aren't buying it.Sites like OKCupid, and Tinder, all owned by Inter Active Corp In the past, the study said, we largely relied on real-life social networks to meet our mates — friends of friends, colleagues, and neighbors — meaning we largely dated people like ourselves.Now, as we open our dating pool to strangers, the pool of potential mates has become more diverse, and the online dating world is “benefitting exponentially,” said dating coach Meredith Golden.But I'm still curious to see how online dating and apps are working out for others.Recent research out of the Pew Research Center is showing us just that.