Fully 22% of 18- to 24-year-olds now report using mobile dating apps, a more than fourfold increase from the 5% who reported using dating apps in 2013.
These young adults are now more likely than any other age group to use mobile dating apps.
That, in the words of its own author, contradicts a pile of studies that have come before it.In fact, this latest proclamation on the state of modern love joins a 2010 study that found more couples meet online than at schools, bars or parties.Overall, men and women who have used online dating tend to have similar views of the pros and cons – with one major exception relating to personal safety.Some 53% of women who have used online dating agree that it is more dangerous than other ways of meeting people, substantially higher than the 38% of male online daters who agree with this statement.Most paid sites claim, for instance, that it’s their highly scientific matching algorithms that lead people to serious relationships; in his 2013 book on the subject, however, the journalist Dan Slater concludes that most of those claims are bunk.
(“Everyone knows that all personality profiling is bull****,” a former Match executive told him.
By comparison, just 25% of those with a high school diploma or less know someone who uses online dating – and just 18% know someone who has entered into a long-term relationship with someone they met this way.
Users of online dating are generally positive – but far from universally so – about the pros and cons of dating digitally.
And a 2012 study that found dating site algorithms aren’t effective.
And a 2013 paper that suggested Internet access is boosting marriage rates.
Are you curious as to how many people use dating apps or websites, and what their success is? Our friends over at Berkeley made an awesome infographic explaining the ins and outs of online dating statistics.