Is Online Dating More Common Than Traditional Dating?


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As of 2015, traditional dating is more prevalent than online dating in the United States. However, growing numbers of people meet dating partners online, and online dating has lost much of its stigma. Between 2005 and 2013, viewing online dating positively became a majority position. In that same time frame, the percentage of Americans who believe online dating signals desperation dropped by over 25 percent.

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According to Pew Research Center, 20 percent of adults aged 25 to 34 have experience with online dating. Middle-aged people in the 45 to 54 age group use online dating just as much as young adults under 25. This is due to the fact that middle-aged people use online dating to compensate for the comparatively limited number of dating partners available in their real-life social groups. Online dating sites are particularly useful for all individuals with few traditional dating prospects.

Out of all Americans in marriages or committed relationships, 1 in 20 met their partners online.

Although online dating is growing, a third of all dating site users have never gone on dates with other site users. 30 percent of female members of online dating sites have sought help from others to construct dating site profiles.

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