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Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.
One factor behind the substantial growth among younger adults is their use of mobile dating apps.
About one-in-five 18- to 24-year olds (22%) now report using mobile dating apps; in 2013, only 5% reported doing so.
Two thirds of online daters—66%—tell us that they have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or dating app.
I know my life will be complete with my beloved one.
That strikes me as deeply bizarre, since every single single person I know has tried or is actively trying online dating. Though the people dating online may be "desperate" to some, 59 percent of survey respondents think that online dating is "a good way to meet people." No word on whether any of the haters who called online dating "desperate" happen to overlap with those who see the Internet as a fertile breeding ground for meeting someone, but here's guessing that the answer to that is no.
In 2005, only 44 percent thought online dating was a good way to find someone, so this view has changed more than the "desperate" thing in the past 11 years — but still not that much.
Despite the wealth of digital tools that allow people to search for potential partners, and even as one-in-ten Americans are now using one of the many online dating platforms, the vast majority of relationships still begin offline.
Even among Americans who have been with their spouse or partner for five years or less, fully 88% say that they met their partner offline–without the help of a dating site.
Pew performed a similar poll in 2005, back when there was no such thing as Tinder or Happn, and people's view have certainly shifted in the past 11 years. Here's what Pew found about dating circa now: In 2005, 29 percent of those polled agreed with the statement, "People who use online dating sites are desperate." Today, 23 percent still agree with that statement.