There are more options now than there were eight years ago, but online dating is still fraught with many of the same difficulties.
Not surprisingly, many people use the Internet to perform due diligence on romantic prospects.
29% of Internet users who have what Pew dubs “recent dating experience” (i.e.
29% of Pew’s respondents said they know someone who used sites or apps to find a spouse or other long-term relationship, up from just 15% in 2005.
Many online daters prefer to use niche dating sites, with 40% reporting that they use sites or apps designed to connect people with shared interests or backgrounds.
people who are currently single and looking or have been in their current relationship for less than 10 years) have looked for information about someone they were currently dating or about to meet for a first date.
That is more than double the 13% of people who said they researched their dates online back in 2005.The study also found, however, that many people don’t believe that the goal of Internet dating is to find a long-term partner.32% of people agreed that “online dating keeps people from settling down because they always have options for people to date,” but Pew’s survey didn’t indicate if they thought that was a good or bad thing.The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who report having used online dating has nearly tripled in the last two years.Today 27% of these young adults report that they have done so, up from just 10% in early 2013.Some of the naysayers, however, are the same people logged onto online sites and apps.