, one in ten American adults — and more than one in three who are “single and looking” — have used dating websites and apps.
Two thirds of online daters have gone on IRL dates with their matches, up from 43 percent in 2005.
Pew’s statistics have been used, alternately, to prove that It’d be easy to blame the irrepressible creativity of insta-pundits.
As Americans increasingly use digital tools in all phases of their relationships — from meeting to dating to committing to breaking up — "online dating” is no longer a separate genre of romance.
It’s not an experiment we perform, but a behavior integral to the creation and maintenance of modern relationships.
Though most adults have never used a dating website, 30 percent of those who dated sometime in the last decade admit to using social media to research potential dates.
One in five have asked someone on a first date online.
Though only one in three “single and looking” adults use dating websites, half have used the Internet to flirt.
Functionally, I’d say the difference between meeting a man on and meeting him at a party then aggressively stalking his social-media profiles before tracking down his e-mail address to request a date is pretty minor.
The line between online and IRL online dating is so porous that some couples disagree on the genesis of their relationship.
I have a female friend who says she met her boyfriend through a series of longing gazes between the shelves of a bookstore, and on a subway car hours later.
But her boyfriend says they met online: Since they never spoke, he got in touch by placing an ad in Craigslist’s Missed Connections.
A different friend once approached a man at a bar and said, “I know you from Ok Cupid.” As an opener, that line has some serious creep potential, but he recognized her from her profile, too.
(She’s also pretty endearing.) They ended up sharing a drink.