Some 41% of American adults say they know someone who uses online dating, while 29% indicate they know someone who has married or entered into a long-term partnership with someone they met via online dating.Online dating (or Internet dating) is a system that enables strangers to find and introduce themselves to new personal connections over the Internet, usually with the goal of developing personal, romantic, or sexual relationships. In just one more day, it will be a new year and a lot of people are really feeling it. Recent research has shown that dating sites have been receiving a 15 to 20 percent jump in activity. This year went by pretty fast and, for those who believe in certain Mayan prophecies concerning next year, trying to get a date before New Years Eve is the most important thing you can do before the end of the world.That apocalyptic feeling really isn’t new to this year, though.This time of year may be joyful on the surface but there has always been a deep undercurrent of loneliness for those looking through the window at other happy couples.Trying to get a date before New Years isn’t an act of desperation.There are 40 million Americans using online dating websites and those users range from young to old.Today, 27% of young adults report using online dating sites, which is up 10% from 2013, likely due to the influx of dating apps on smartphones.
Although 15% 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.The second are will be for actual dating services and be divided accordingly.This is an ongoing project that I plan to add to regularly.If you have any questions or wish to include some information please contact us.Throughout 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.