Notably, Americans ages 65 and older are now twice as likely to know someone who uses online dating than they were in 2005 (24% of seniors now know an online dater, compared with 13% who did so eight years ago).
Looking separately at the two distinct elements that make up definition of an online dater, some 11% of internet users say that they have used an online dating site.
This does not include users of mobile dating apps, which will be discussed in the next section of the report.
Seniors are again especially notable in this regard, as 20% of those 65 and older now know someone who has entered into a serious relationship with someone they met via online dating.
That is a three-fold increase over the 7% of seniors who said “yes” to this question in 2005.
Some are currently in long-standing relationships that predate the adoption of online dating, while others are single but not actively looking for a romantic partner.
If we examine only those Americans who are most inclined to online dating—that is, the 7% of the public that is both single and actively looking for a partner—some 38% of these individuals have used online dating sites or dating apps.Some 42% of Americans now know someone who has used an online dating site or app, up from 31% in 2005.And twice as many people now know someone who has entered into a marriage or long-term relationship after meeting through an online dating site or app—29% of Americans now know someone who met their partner this way, compared with just 15% in 2005.The five sites with the most mentions in each year are listed below: The online dating marketplace has undergone dramatic changes since we conducted our first study on this subject in 2005.In particular, many services now offer cell phone apps that allow users to update their profile, search the profiles of others, and find potential dates in their area using their mobile phone.Since 85% of the population now goes online, that means that one out of every ten Americans (9%) has used an online dating site at one point or another.