One in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app themselves, and many people now know someone else who uses online dating or who has found a spouse or long-term partner via online dating. General public attitudes towards online dating have become much more positive in recent years, and social networking dating center are now playing a prominent role when it comes to navigating and documenting romantic relationships. In terms of demographics, online dating is most common among Americans in their mid-20’s through mid-40’s. 35-44 year olds are online daters.
Online dating is also relatively popular among the college-educated, as well as among urban and suburban residents. Attitudes towards online dating are becoming more positive over time Even today, online dating is not universally seen as a positive activity—a significant minority of the public views online dating skeptically. This is the first time we have asked this question. In general, online daters themselves give the experience high marks. Negative experiences on online dating sites are relatively common Even as online daters have largely positive opinions of the process, many have had negative experiences using online dating. This question was asked of everyone in a marriage or other long-term partnership, including many whose relationships were initiated well before meeting online was an option.
Younger adults are also more likely than older ones to say that their relationship began online. In addition, people who have used online dating are significantly more likely to say that their relationship began online than are those who have never used online dating. And while younger adults are also more likely than their elders to look up past flames online, this behavior is still relatively common among older cohorts. 55-64, have gone online to look up someone they used to date. SNS users have gone on these sites to check up on someone they used to date or be in a relationship with.