Some 22% of 25-34 year olds and 17% of 35-44 year olds are online daters.
Online dating is also relatively popular among the college-educated, as well as among urban and suburban residents.
Still, we can’t say that online dating is dangerous – at least it is not more dangerous than ‘regular’ dating. Many women who use online dating are most afraid to meet one of the above mentioned freaks and/or serial killers. Meanwhile men said they are afraid of commitment and of women who won’t allow them free time or to meet with their friends whenever they want. New couples usually tend to wait 6-8 dates until they ’get to know each other better’ – if you know what I mean :). New couples usually break up in 3-5 months after they got together.
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.
One in every ten American adults has used an online dating site or a mobile dating app.
We refer to these individuals throughout this report as “online daters,” and we define them in the following way: Taken together, 11% of all American adults have done one or both of these activities and are classified as “online daters.” In terms of demographics, online dating is most common among Americans in their mid-20’s through mid-40’s.
The difference remained statistically significant even after controlling for variables like year of marriage, sex, age, education, ethnicity, household income, religion and employment status.
Among couples who were still married during the survey, those who met online reported higher marital satisfaction -- an average score of 5.64 on a satisfaction survey -- than those who met offline and averaged 5.48.