The study was published in the online journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
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.
Those are the findings of a recent study conducted at Michigan State University which examined recent trends in how relationships that begin on the Internet have evolved since the inception of online dating.
The study found that one in ten Americans have used an online dating service to find a partner and two-thirds of these users have gone on an actual date with someone they met on the site.
Still, we can’t say that online dating is dangerous – at least it is not more dangerous than ‘regular’ dating. Many women who use online dating are most afraid to meet one of the above mentioned freaks and/or serial killers. Meanwhile men said they are afraid of commitment and of women who won’t allow them free time or to meet with their friends whenever they want. New couples usually tend to wait 6-8 dates until they ’get to know each other better’ – if you know what I mean :). New couples usually break up in 3-5 months after they got together.
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.
Some 22% of 25-34 year olds and 17% of 35-44 year olds are online daters.
Even if you've never spent time on a dating website, the odds are good that some of your friends have.
General public attitudes towards online dating have become much more positive in recent years, and social networking sites are now playing a prominent role when it comes to navigating and documenting romantic relationships.
These are among the key findings of a national survey of dating and relationships in the digital era, the first dedicated study of this subject by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project since 2005.
Despite the high divorce rate, the study found that 60% of those who are currently in romantic relationships that began online are not married.
This could be due to the relative newness of the online dating platform as well as the fact that online couples tend to break up more frequently than couples who met offline.