The online dating scene has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades, and more Americans than ever are looking for their perfect match on the web.Looking for your future partner online is no longer thought of as something reserved for only the socially awkward or desperate.Online dating is also relatively popular among the college-educated, as well as among urban and suburban residents.And 38% of Americans who are single and actively looking for a partner have used online dating at one point or another.
A growing number of men and women who are looking for love give online dating the thumbs up.
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 sites are now playing a prominent role when it comes to navigating and documenting romantic relationships.
The report published Monday from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project suggests that attitudes toward online dating “have progressed in a clearly positive direction.” In fact, 59 percent of Internet users agree that online dating is a good way to meet people. As Americans shop, socialize and entertain themselves online, a growing number are turning to the Internet to find dates.
Some 11 percent of people who started a long-term relationship in the past decade say they met their partner online.