Thanks to the Internet and social networking sites like Facebook, online dating has become an unstoppable juggernaut.Consider Match.com, an online dating industry pioneer. Around that time, only 14 percent of American adults were internet users.Today, about 95 percent of Americans, or 304.1 million people, are online, and many are surfing the Web for dates and mates.
Researchers explain that middle-aged adults represent a "thin dating market"--in other words, dating prospects are slim within their immediate social circles. Most people use online dating sites or mobile dating apps to improve their dating prospects and vet their dates. Other common reasons for using online dating sites or apps include "meeting people who share similar interests or hobbies" (60 percent); "meeting people who share your beliefs or values" (52 percent); "finding someone for a long-term relationship or marriage" (46 percent); and "having a schedule that makes it hard to meet interesting people in other ways" (33 percent), according to a Pew report. Most people know an online dater or someone who used online dating to find a spouse or to form a serious relationship.
If you're not an online dater, you probably know someone who is.
The landscape of technology is constantly changing, which means so are many aspects of our lives. Before dating sites came along in the mid-1990s, most people were meeting their partners through friends, work, or classified ads in the newspaper.
Today, there are millions of people on thousands of dating sites looking for their perfect match, whether that’s for a hookup, date, relationship, or marriage.
With this growing industry comes a lot of information that’s worth knowing.
We’ve compiled a list of 21 good, bad, and just plain weird statistics on online dating that will blow your mind.According to a article, the idea that people who use online dating sites are "desperate" is wrong.This perception is probably a remnant of an early stigma attached to online dating.Only 5 percent of people who are married or in a committed relationship met their significant other online.However, the mating paradigm is shifting: the share of Internet users who met their mate online has doubled, from 3 percent in 2005 to 6 percent in 2010.Hands down, Match is the most popular, as well as the most established, dating site, having grown to 23.5 million users and counting since their 1995 launch.