The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who report having used online dating has nearly tripled in the last two years.
Today 27% of these young adults report that they have done so, up from just 10% in early 2013.
Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.
Instead of interacting with the people around her, she chose to search for a companion elsewhere online.
I wondered to myself, is this what online dating has done to us?
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.
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.Is it creating a new reality in which people actively avoid real-life interactions?Of course, others have worried about these sorts of questions before.I moved from one date a month to one a week and eventually was going on up to two first-dates a week.There were several side-effects to this, aside from a busier schedule, that make me now believe this is the best way to approach online dating: 1.On her screen, images of men appeared and then disappeared to the left and right, depending on the direction in which she wiped.