According a national survey by Pew Research Center, about 15% of Americans had used an online dating website or mobile app in 2015, which was a major improvement on the 11% recorded in 2013. The study also revealed that about 58% of college graduates in the country knew someone who had used an online dating service, with the figure standing at 25% among those with a high school diploma. However, only 18% of the people knew someone who had entered into a long-term relationship with someone they had met through online dating. Here's a look at some of the major findings of this research.
There has been a shift in the mindset of Americans regarding online dating. In 2005, about 25% of the people believed that it was a desperate way to get hooked. However, by 2015, about half of the population knew someone who uses or has used online dating sites or apps to meet a spouse or partner. The positive change shows the cultural acceptance of this way of meeting someone.
The study also revealed that people from all the age groups are using online platforms to find a partner. The share of 18 to 24-year old's increased from 10% in 2013 to 27% by 2015. While only 6% people in the age group of 55 to 64 years used such services in 2005, the number rose to 12% by 2015. The use of mobile apps among the younger group also saw tremendous growth from 5% in 2013 to a whopping 22% in 2015.
One interesting fact is that about 66% of the respondents had actually gone out for a date with someone that they met on an online dating platform. This again was an impressive increase from 43% in 2005.
Although people have become open to the idea of online dating, they still face difficulty in setting up the perfect profile. About 30% females and 15% males ask for help from their friends, and account for one in every five online daters who ask someone else to set up their profile.
Despite one in every ten Americans using an online website or app for dating, only 5% actually find a partner on any of these platforms. Out of all the relationships that last for five years or more, about 88% begin offline.
The reason for the poor conversion from dating to marriage or long term relationship is usually due to trust issues, say experts at All State Investigation. In fact, about 53% women consider it as a dangerous way of meeting new people, which 38% of the males also agreed to.