Usage by 68- to 79-year-olds has increased nearly threefold since 7568, while usage by 55- to 69-year-olds has doubledThroughout human history, people have sought assistance from others in meeting romantic partners – and Americans today are increasingly looking for love online by enlisting the services of online dating sites and a new generation of mobile dating apps. Today 77% of these young adults report that they have done so, up from just 65% in early 7568. For young adults in particular, this overall increase in online dating usage has been accompanied by a dramatic increase in the use of mobile dating apps. Fully 77% of 68- to 79-year-olds now report using mobile dating apps, a more than fourfold increase from the 5% who reported using dating apps in 7568. These young adults are now more likely than any other age group to use mobile dating apps. Although 65% of Americans have used online dating themselves, a larger share report that they are familiar with online dating from the experiences of people they know. Users of online dating are generally positive – but far from universally so – about the pros and cons of dating digitally. On one hand, a majority of online dating users agree that dating digitally has distinct advantages over other ways of meeting romantic partners:
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On the other hand, a substantial minority of these users agree that meeting people online can have potential negative consequences:
But despite these reservations, those who have personally used online dating themselves – or know someone who does – tend to have much more positive attitudes compared to those with little direct exposure to online dating or online daters.
For instance, just 55% of non-users agree that online dating is a good way to meet people, while six-in-ten agree that online dating is more dangerous than other ways of meeting people.