Pew study online dating
Yet even some online daters view the process itself and the individuals they encounter on these sites somewhat negatively.Around one in ten online daters (13%) agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate,” and 29% agree that online dating “keeps people from settling down because they always have options for people to date.” Familiarity with online dating through usage by friends or family members has increased dramatically since our last survey of online dating in 2005.Fifty-four percent "felt someone else seriously misrepresented themselves in their profile," and 28% "have been contacted by someone through an online dating site or app in a way that made them feel harassed or uncomfortable." Forty-two percent of women felt this way, compared to only 17% of men.The report is based on a survey of 2,252 adults aged 18 and older.Twenty-one percent agreed with the comment that "people who use online dating sites are desperate," though that was down from 29 percent in 2005.Also, Pew posed a first-time question in the study, asking "does online dating keep people from settling down because they always have options for people to date? The more interesting findings were in some of the experiences people had on online dating sites.Twenty-two percent reported using mobile dating apps, which may be good news for services such as Tinder, Hinge and Bumble.Pew conducted this survey of 2,001 adults between June 10 and July 12, 2015.
That is statistically similar to the 17% of online daters who said that this had happened to them when we first asked this question in 2005.
These are among the key findings of a national survey of dating and relationships in the digital era, the first dedicated study of this subject by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project since 2005.
One in every ten American adults has used an online dating site or a mobile dating app.
According to the report's lead author Aaron Smith, "we're not just looking at users of a particular site or a convenience sample.
The percentage of older Americans dating online has doubled, according to Pew Research Center.