By Aaron Smith- associate director for research at Pew Research Center and Monica Anderson- research associate focusing on internet, science and technology at Pew Research Center.
Like it or not, online dating is here to stay. It has become the increasingly common way that singles, everywhere, can meet their matches in our fast-paced modern world. Studies report almost 30% of couples meet online, with those numbers increasing each year. Gone are the days, when there was a stigma attached to online dating, when you’d be ashamed to admit you met that special someone over the internet. Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
Here are three facts about online dating:
a) Attitudes toward online dating grow more positive. Online dating has lost much of its stigma, and a majority of Americans now say online dating is a good way to meet people.
b) Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s
c) One-in-five online daters have asked someone else to help them with their profile.
30% of female online daters have done this, compared with 16% of men.