Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.
Are most people on dating sites looking for something serious? I'm not sure how serious I want to be at this point.
So there's an argument from both sides, and maybe I'll get over my reluctance to join a dating site.
Outside of the regular dating sites, one could argue that adding a friend on Facebook is grounds for online dating-especially if you're like me and friend adding is as important as getting a phone number. I have no issues with people who have joined them-my cousin met his wife on a dating site.
I have my reasons for not signing up: First of all, I don't want extra help to meet someone.
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.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. 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.That is a substantial increase from the 43% of online daters who had actually progressed to the date stage when we first asked this question in 2005.One-third of people who have used online dating have never actually gone on a date with someone they met on these sites.