5 Facts About Online Dating

Over the past decade, more and more people are hopping online to meet potential love interests (or just casual hook ups!). Many of the “studies” we read about online dating, though, come from dating sites themselves, which kinda makes them seem a little biased. Luckily, the Pew Research Center, known for reputable scientific and political surveys, came out with a study that showed 5 new facts about online dating. Check em out!

1. “Online dating has lost much of its stigma. A majority of Americans now say online dating is a good way to meet people, when that hasn’t always been the case.

To be sure, there are still lots of people today who don’t really understand why someone would want to find a romantic partner online—21% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate”—but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was just eight years ago.”

2. “One-in-five adults ages 25-34 years old have used online dating, but it’s also popular with older singles, too.”

We’ve heard that the post-divorce crowd has an easier time trying online dating than say, meeting in a bar. It’s less pressure, not to mention safer!

“3. One-third of people who have used online dating have never actually gone on a date with someone they met on these sites.”

Yikes! We wonder if people are being a little close-minded about their standards. Are they searching for too-narrow a type of date?

“4. One-in-five online daters have asked someone else to help them with their profile.”

Understandable! We’ve actually talked about this before! However, we still think it’s important to make sure your profile represents the true YOU, and not just what your friends think is “right.”

“5. 5% of Americans who are in a marriage or committed relationship say they met their significant other online.”

Hmm, this seems a little less than the 1/5th that Match.com claims! So although a lot more people are trying online dating, it seems that many still aren’t finding “the one.” However, we imagine MILLIONS of dates are happening, so it’s just a matter of time before online dating is up there with “through friends” and “at work” that people find their significant others.