Internet dating information
Of the 16 million people who have been to online dating sites, 52% say they had mostly positive experiences.
At the same time, a sizable segment, 29%, report mostly negative experiences.
Those who are in the market for online dating services are a relatively specific group.
Looking at the total internet population, 11% of all American internet-using adults—about 16 million people—say they have gone to an online dating website or other site where they can meet people online. Our survey also finds that, at the moment, 7% of online adults, or about 10 million people, say they are currently seeking romantic partners.
Just over half (52%) of online daters agree that a lot people are dishonest about being married, while 32% disagree, and 15% say they do not know.
The internet users who are single and looking for dates report similar views.
There are uses of the internet beyond dating websites that have woven themselves into the world of romance.
Dating websites are just one of many online avenues that can lead to a romantic connection.
One in ten internet users say they have personally gone to dating websites.
Still, the general online public is evenly divided over the merits of online dating.
While 44% agree that internet dating is a “good way to meet people,” the same percentage disagrees with that statement. Online men (48%) have a greater tendency to see the benefits of online dating when compared with online women (41%).
Internet users who are single and looking for dates are less likely to hold this negative view; only 20% agree that online daters are desperate.
Those who do regard online daters as desperate tend to have less experience online and say they are less trusting of people generally.