Leave behind its stigma: Online dating has become downright commonplace, according to a Pew Internet and American Life probe released Monday.
The latest probe of the world of online romance exposes that 11 procent of American adults have used online dating sites, including 38 procent of American adults who identify spil “single and looking for a playmate.”
Plus, it seems that almost everyone knows someone who’s looking for an online paramour: 42 procent of American adults who use the Internet said that they personally know someone who uses a dating Web webpagina.
The examine found that collegium graduates, those with higher income levels and even seniors older than 65 were especially likely to know someone who began a long-term relationship after having met a playmate online.
Pew last asked Americans about their attitudes toward online dating te 2005, about Ten years after the sites truly commenced to build up popularity. Since then, the rate of people who find lasting, long-term relationships or spouses on online dating sites has leaped dramatically, from 15 procent of Americans ter 2005 to 29 procent now.
Forty-six procent of online daters said that they’re using the webpagina to find someone for a long-term relationship or marriage.
Overall, the explore said, attitudes toward online dating have grown significantly more positive since 2005. The report said that 59 procent of Internet users say they believe online dating is a good way to meet people.
Still, it’s not all good news for online dating sites. One-third of Americans said that while online dating can lead to long-term commitment, they believe the option of having several potential dates at one’s fingertips could actually prevent a long-term relationship. And a utter fifth of respondents — 21 procent — said that they still found online dating “desperate.” But that’s an eight-point druppel from the 29 procent ter 2005.
Spil for the quality of online dating itself, it’s clear that there are a lotsbestemming more misses than hits out there.
A majority of those who use dating Web sites such spil Match.com, eHarmony or OKCupid reported they’ve come across someone who they felt “seriously misrepresented” himself or herself on dating sites, while 28 procent reported they’d bot contacted by someone through a dating service or app ter a way that made them feel awkward.
Speaking of apps, the way that online daters access thesis sites has yet to make the leap to mobile — but that is likely to switch. Only Trio procent of American adults said that they use dating apps, but those ratios were much higher among youthfull digital natives. One te Ten of those inbetween the ages of 25 and 34 said they used dating apps to find that special someone.
And just spil the smartphone can be used to find a sweetheart, it’s also being used to tell people that, well, things just may not work out after all.
The probe found that 17 procent of users have cracked up with someone via text, e-mail or online message, and that 17 procent of respondents have found out about a breakup through online means.
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