How many people use online dating services

12-Apr-2016 01:44

Over the same period of time, use of Tinder, Hinge, and apps like them exploded.

Just for reference, in February 2013, first covered Tinder, “a new mobile dating application…with a difference”; by January 2016, it could refer to “Tinder dates” without further explanation.

Fifteen percent of Americans have now used a website or app to look for a romantic partner; three years ago, only nine percent had.

As it happens, the only group which has taken to online dating at a rate like very young adults have been older adults.

That’s the most interesting result from a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday on Americans’ online-dating habits.

(Which makes me wonder how much the idea of some matches being algorithmically better than others has been sold by online-dating companies.)Almost 30 percent of Americans know a long-term relationship which sprang from online dating; about 40 percent of them know someone who uses it.

It’s too simple to say that, once, college students met each other in person.

College was scaffolded with social activities meant to introduce strangers to other strangers, whether it was speed dating or fraternity-sorority hang-outs.

Only 38 percent of men said they felt the same way.

It’s like that old quote, often attributed to Margaret Atwood: Women are afraid men will kill them.

(Which makes me wonder how much the idea of some matches being algorithmically better than others has been sold by online-dating companies.)Almost 30 percent of Americans know a long-term relationship which sprang from online dating; about 40 percent of them know someone who uses it.

It’s too simple to say that, once, college students met each other in person.

College was scaffolded with social activities meant to introduce strangers to other strangers, whether it was speed dating or fraternity-sorority hang-outs.

Only 38 percent of men said they felt the same way.

It’s like that old quote, often attributed to Margaret Atwood: Women are afraid men will kill them.

Is it creating a new reality in which people actively avoid real-life interactions?