Overall, 15% of American adults have tried online dating at some point, up from 11% in 2013, according to a new report today from the Pew Research Center.While the majority of Americans believe that online dating is a good way to meet people, they’re well aware of the darker side of encountering strangers from the internet in real life as well.
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.
Many online daters enlist their friends in an effort to put their best digital foot forward.
Some 22% of online daters have asked someone to help them create or review their profile.
Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.