Digital dating: One in 10 Americans have used an online dating website or mobile dating appBy Shawn Knight
The general attitude toward online dating has become much more positive in recent years. What was once viewed as a highly risky activity is now much more commonplace as one in 10 Americans claim to have used an online dating website or mobile dating app according to a new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
In Pew's first study on the subject since 2005, the research firm found that online dating is more prevalent among Americans in their mid-20s through mid-40s. A full 22 percent of people aged 25-34 and 17 percent of those between the ages of 35 and 44 are "online daters," Pew found. What's more, 38 percent of Americans that are single and actively looking for a mate have used online dating at some point to aid in the search.
Of those that have used online dating, 66 percent said they have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating service while 23 percent said they have met a spouse or have developed a long term relationship through such sites.
In terms of attitude toward online dating, 59 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that online dating is a good way to meet people. That's up from just 44 percent who said so in 2005. Elsewhere, 53 percent of Internet users agreed that online dating allows people to find a better match for themselves because they can get to know a lot more people while just 21 percent of those polled believed people who use online dating are desperate.