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College was scaffolded with social activities meant to introduce strangers to other strangers, whether it was speed dating or fraternity-sorority hang-outs. But a new poll finds that an extraordinary technological change has taken place over the past three years. Just two years ago, American adults ages 18 to 24 used online-dating sites and apps at an average rate for all American adults—about 10 percent. Since then, that rate has almost tripled. College-aged and post-college-aged Americans are now the most likely demographic to turn to the technology.
Conducted early last summer, the poll found that use of the services has grown modestly since Fifteen percent of Americans have now used a website or app to look for a romantic partner; three years ago, only nine percent had.
As it happens, the only group which has taken to online dating at a rate like very young adults have been older adults. Middle-aged Americans, 55 to 64, are now twice as likely to try looking for someone online since The technology also gained some users among toyear-olds.
The survey also found that acceptance—or, at least, awareness—of online dating was growing. Eighty percent of Americans think a website like OkCupid or an app like Tinder are good ways to meet people. Healthy majorities also agree that online dating is easier, more efficient, and helps people find better matches.
Which makes me wonder how much the idea of some matches being algorithmically better than others has been sold by online-dating companies. Almost 30 percent of Americans know a long-term relationship which sprang from online dating; about 40 percent of them know someone who uses it. Most interesting to me: These two s leap up ificantly among affluent or college-educated Americans.
Forty-six percent of college graduates know people who met their spouse or partner online. What made millennial adoption of online dating grow so much? In the two years between this Pew poll and the last, the percent of 18 to year-olds who had used dating apps on their phone vaulted from five percent to 22 percent.
Over the same period of time, use of Tinder, Hinge, and apps like them exploded. Inthree percent had used a smartphone dating app. Bynine percent had. The study polled 2, adults in the United States, mostly during June of last year. The survey included men and women, of many races and educational backgrounds, from all 50 states.
In fact, there was only one place where responses differed among genders. More than half of the women surveyed said that online dating was a more dangerous way to meet people than other approaches. Only 38 percent of men said they felt the same way. Men are afraid women will swipe left on them.
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