Although 15% of Americans have used online dating themselves, a larger share report that they are familiar with online dating from the experiences of people they know.Some 41% of American adults say they know someone who uses online dating, while 29% indicate they know someone who has married or entered into a long-term partnership with someone they met via online dating.Fully 22% of 18- to 24-year-olds now report using mobile dating apps, a more than fourfold increase from the 5% who reported using dating apps in 2013.These young adults are now more likely than any other age group to use mobile dating apps.We are living in a time of great transition for digital romance.
I wondered to myself, is this what online dating has done to us?
Meanwhile, the share of 55- to 64-year-olds who use online dating has doubled over the same time period (from 6% in 2013 to 12% in 2015).
For young adults in particular, this overall increase in online dating usage has been accompanied by a dramatic increase in the use of mobile dating apps.
That’s just not how human relationships work—not on the Internet and not off.
That’s particularly true for the 54 percent of online daters who have encountered a match they felt “seriously misrepresented themselves in their profile.” We all know that the Internet can be a powerful tool for connecting people, so why do these sites still carry some stigma?