Some 79% of online daters agree that online dating is a good way to meet people, and 70% of them agree that it helps people find a better romantic match because they have access to a wide range of potential partners.Yet even some online daters view the process itself and the individuals they encounter on these sites somewhat negatively.At the same time, public attitudes towards online dating have grown more positive in the last eight years: Additionally, 32% of internet users agree with the statement that “online dating keeps people from settling down because they always have options for people to date.” This is the first time we have asked this question.In general, online daters themselves give the experience high marks.In the last season of "19 Kids and Counting," you've seen not one, but two Duggar daughters (Jill and Jessa) go through the courting process.And you've probably noticed that the Duggars take courting (their version of dating) very seriously.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.Even today, online dating is not universally seen as a positive activity—a significant minority of the public views online dating skeptically.
Some 42% of Americans know someone who has used online dating, up from 31% in 2005.
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One in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app themselves, and many people now know someone else who uses online dating or who has found a spouse or long-term partner via online dating.
And 38% of Americans who are single and actively looking for a partner have used online dating at one point or another.