Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate.
But as Valentine’s Day gets closer, the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams..
Dating sites and apps were most popular among younger internet users - 30 percent of U. internet users aged 18 to 29 years were currently using dating sites or apps and a further 31 percent had done so previously.The pictures you were sent were most likely phony lifted from other websites.The profiles were fake as well, carefully crafted to match your interests.Although 15% of Americans have used online dating themselves, a larger share report that they are familiar with online dating from the experiences of people they know.Some 41% of American adults say they know someone who uses online dating, while 29% indicate they know someone who has married or entered into a long-term partnership with someone they met via online dating.Online dating is no longer seen as a last attempt for the desperate and lonely to find their soul mate.The stigma is beginning to dissipate as an increasing amount of Americans believe that online dating is now socially acceptable.Dating apps are also a lucrative business - as of February 2017, some of the highest-grossing social apps in the Apple App Store worldwide were dating apps. Due to varying update cycles, statistics can display more up-to-date data than referenced in the text.In the United States, the top revenue generating i OS dating app was Match with monthly app revenues of 1.3 million U. Throughout human history, people have sought assistance from others in meeting romantic partners – and Americans today are increasingly looking for love online by enlisting the services of online dating sites and a new generation of mobile dating apps.A national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted June 10-July 12, 2015, among 2,001 adults, finds that: This growth has been especially pronounced for two groups who have historically not used online dating at particularly high levels – the youngest adults, as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.