Online dating hooks up with one in 10 American adults

Attitudes toward online dating sites have become more positive, though yeah, it seems you can't trust everyone, according to Pew Internet.

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Have you ever used an online dating site? One in 10 Americans say they have.

Polling 2,252 adults in the United States, the Pew Internet organization found that 11 percent of Internet users say they've used an online dating site such as Match.com, eHarmony, or OK Cupid. Further, 7 percent of all cell phone users surveyed said they've used a mobile dating app, Pew said in a report released Monday.

Attitudes toward online dating have also taken a positive spin. Among those polled, 59 percent agreed with the statement that "online dating is a good way to meet people," compared with just 44 percent in 2005. And 52 percent agreed with the sentiment that "online dating allows people to find a better match for themselves because they can get to know a lot more people," up from 29 percent in 2005.

Kiss and tell

How have online dating sites worked out for you?

Not everyone is on board with online dating. Among the Internet users surveyed, 21 percent agreed with the comment that "people who use online dating sites are desperate," though that was down from 29 percent in 2005.

Online dating also appears to a more common way to meet your significant other.

Among the people who've used online dating, 66 percent have gone out on a date and 23 percent said they married or had a long-term relationship with someone they met online. Even further, 42 percent of those polled said they know an online dater, while 29 percent know someone who married or had a long-term relationship with a person met via online dating.

Still, there are always downsides to online dating.

More than half of online daters said they met someone who "seriously misrepresented" themselves in their online profile. And 28 percent said they were contacted by someone in a way that made them feel harassed or uncomfortable. Around 42 percent of women expressed that feeling, compared with just 17 percent of men.

Among online dating sites, Match.com proved to be the most popular, followed by eHarmony, Plenty of Fish, and OK Cupid.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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