Meanwhile, the share of 55- to 64-year-olds who use online dating has doubled over the same time period (from 6% in 2013 to 12% in 2015).
"Historically, people in their late teens and early 20s have not used online dating at particularly high rates — and the academic literature on this subject would say that young people don’t particularly need to use online dating in the first place, since they have lots of available options for people to date within their social circles," Aaron Smith, associate director of research at Pew Research Center, told .
"The rapid growth we’ve seen in dating apps use speaks both to the changing nature of dating among younger folks today, and also the extent to which these apps are in many ways perfectly in line with the way that cohort interacts with the world." The study, which was conducted among 2,001 adults in the summer of 2015, suggests the growth is attributed to the increase in use of mobile dating apps.
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.
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.