Yet even some online daters view the process itself and the individuals they encounter on these sites somewhat negatively.
Around one in ten online daters (13%) agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate,” and 29% agree that online dating “keeps people from settling down because they always have options for people to date.” Familiarity with online dating through usage by friends or family members has increased dramatically since our last survey of online dating in 2005.
People dating online are more likely to date those with the same level of education as them, but they care less about an intellectual match as they get older, a new research found.
The study showed that more educated people tend to care less about matching the same level of education as they get older.
However, “cyber dating permits multiple partner choices in real time, which allows for a significantly greater available choice of potential mates.
This increased pool means greater opportunity for selection of partners with lower, similar or even higher levels of certain characteristics”, Whyte said.
Some 42% of Americans know someone who has used online dating, up from 31% in 2005.
And 29% of Americans now know someone who met a spouse or other long-term partner through online dating, up from just 15% in 2005.
For the study, the team analysed the online dating interactions of more than 41,000 Australians aged between 18-80.
Online dating is also relatively popular among the college-educated, as well as among urban and suburban residents.
And 38% of Americans who are single and actively looking for a partner have used online dating at one point or another.
Moving beyond dates, one quarter of online daters (23%) say that they themselves have entered into a marriage or long-term relationship with someone they met through a dating site or app.
That is statistically similar to the 17% of online daters who said that this had happened to them when we first asked this question in 2005.
There was also a difference in the way in which men and women look at education levels in potential partners, and also how this changes depending on the life stage of the participants.