Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.
Women are especially likely to enlist a friend in helping them craft the perfect profile—30% of female online daters have done this, compared with 16% of men.
5% of Americans who are in a marriage or committed relationship say they met their significant other online.
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.
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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.
But it still means that one-third of online daters have not yet met up in real life with someone they initially found on an online dating site.
One-in-five online daters have asked someone else to help them with their profile.
X Conte began her hunt for love unofficially in the early 2000s, but says she started getting serious about settling down and finding a life partner in 2008.
She tried meeting people at bars, clubs, blind dates and speed dating, but was getting no results.“One weekend I was hanging out with my mom, and two friends separately and all three had said, ‘why don’t you join e Harmony?