By Aaron Smith and Monica Anderson. Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships. When we first studied online dating habits Online mobile dating sites in usamost Americans had little exposure to online dating or to the people who used it, and they tended to view it as a subpar way of meeting people. Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating — and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.
Online dating use among to year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.
One factor behind the substantial growth among younger adults is their use of mobile dating apps. But it still means that one-third of online daters have not yet met up in real life with someone they initially found on an online dating site.
Many online daters enlist their friends in an effort to put their best digital foot forward.