Many online daters enlist their friends in an effort to put their best digital foot forward.
Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.
To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.
One factor behind the substantial growth among younger adults is their use of mobile dating apps.
About one-in-five 18- to 24-year olds (22%) now report using mobile dating apps; in 2013, only 5% reported doing so.
Despite the wealth of digital tools that allow people to search for potential partners, and even as one-in-ten Americans are now using one of the many online dating platforms, the vast majority of relationships still begin offline.
Even among Americans who have been with their spouse or partner for five years or less, fully 88% say that they met their partner offline–without the help of a dating site. “In this respect, we feel it’s the safest option for them to meet others.” The site is available to U. residents and offers membership options at varying price points.As of right now, the dating site is running a limited 14 day free trial promotion.The site also restricts contact to between paid members in an effort to prevent spam or anti-gun rhetoric.“Our belief is if people are open and honest about gun ownership in the first place their intentions are good,” Lund said.Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.