Meet people online and dating online
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.
One factor behind the substantial growth among younger adults is their use of mobile dating apps.
All these sites offer free membership and/or usage of their services.
Two thirds of online daters—66%—tell us that they have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or dating app.
That is a substantial increase from the 43% of online daters who had actually progressed to the date stage when we first asked this question in 2005.
At the time of this writing, the site claims to be the most active free dating site, with more than 3 million users active on the site per day.
Ok Cupid is a free site with a bit of a twist: Your profile is matched up with others via a personality-testing process.