One in 10 Americans have used a dating site or app, including 38% of people who currently describe themselves as “single and looking,” according to Pew Research Center’s first survey on online dating since 2005.
15% of people on a social networking platform (such as Twitter or Facebook) who had dated within the last 10 years said they had asked someone out using the site.
But one of the biggest debates is whether it will stay that way: are youngish people just delaying marriage, or avoiding it altogether?
Part of the popularity of dating apps may come from the average age of first marriage, which has climbed up 7 years for both genders since 1960: now age 27 for women, and 29 for men.
But the growing popularity and acceptance of online dating over the last eight years doesn’t mean that the odds of finding romance have increased dramatically.
Though 23% of the people surveyed said they found a spouse or long-term partner online, Pew says that percentage is “statistically similar” to the 17% of online daters who reported success back in 2005.
53 percent of those who have never been married say they'd like to, according to the Pew Research Center, down from 61 percent just since 2010.