The online dating scene has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades, and more Americans than ever are looking for their perfect match on the web.Looking for your future partner online is no longer thought of as something reserved for only the socially awkward or desperate.
"The Internet makes sense to me." Indeed, she is hardly alone, according to a new study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center - just in time for Valentine's Day.
Revisiting a topic explored in 2013, Pew discovered 15 percent of U. adults have used online dating sites such as and/or mobile dating apps like Tinder, up from 11 percent two years ago. adults, 18 or older, contacted June 10-July 12, 2015, via land line and cellphones.
is the top-rated dating site worldwide, with 1.9 million registered users as of 2013.
If you're signing up for multiple dating sites, it can take a decent bite out of your wallet.
Around 38% of those who are currently single and looking reported using dating websites or apps to meet potential mates.
While adults of all ages can be found on dating sites, it's the millennial generation that tends to dominate the virtual singles scene.
In the 45-54 age group, usage rose from 17 percent to 21 percent, and doubled, from 6 percent to 12 percent, among those 55-64.
This could be due to a de-stigmatizing factor; 41 percent of Americans say they know someone who uses online dating and 29 percent say they know someone who has met a spouse or long-term partner that way.
"I'm a Tinder man, I admit it," said Dave Mechler, 28, of Jefferson Hills, Pa. There's no expectation other than saying 'I'm not interested.'" A Point Park University graduate, Mechler has met girlfriends online.
"You don't really meet people at work, and the bar scene is tiresome from a guy's point of view, striking up a conversation at a bar is really, really hard. He is among an influential group: Pew research backs previous data indicating higher levels of education and income translate into knowing those who use such services.
Beyond the bigger services such as or e Harmony, there is a dizzying array of apps. Some help make a match, a hookup or just provide an amusing way to spend time browsing. With Hinge, would-be daters must have a common friend on social media.