Back when you were a kid, the “how we met” stories told by adults usually centered on meeting in college, at work or through a mutual friend. But today, things are a little different. The Internet has changed how we go to school, how we work and how we stay in touch with friends, so it’s only natural that it alters those “how we met” stories, too!
Online dating is now one of the most common reasons for couples coming together. We’re not just saying that – there’s research to back it up. Here’s what a 2015 Pew Research Center study found when it comes to online dating:
- 29% of Americans know someone who has met a spouse or a long-term partner via online dating.
- The numbers are even higher for the younger generations; 34% of adults ages 18-24 know someone who found a spouse or long-term partner via online dating.
Needless to say, these stats are really encouraging for those who hope to find love online. Seriously, if nearly one in three people know someone who’s found “the one” through online dating, your odds are pretty great, especially considering that those numbers are on the rise.
Everyone’s Doing It
But what if you just want to date for now – is online dating only for those wanting to settle down right away? No way. Millions of Americans are using online dating sites and apps every day, many of whom are looking to date even if marriage isn’t a priority at the moment. In fact, the number of people who are using online dating services will probably blow your mind:
- 12% of American adults have used an online dating site – a significant increase from 9% in 2013.
- 9% of American adults have used a dating app on their phone – a dramatic leap from just 3% in 2013.
- In total, 15% of American adults are online dating, whether through a website and/or a mobile app.
The youngest adults have historically been slow to use online dating. But with mobile dating apps, that has changed – BIG TIME. In 2013, only 10% of 18- to 24-year-olds had used online dating. In just two years, that number nearly tripled to 27%. Essentially, these young adults have put the official “COOL” stamp of approval on online dating.
It’s no wonder that online dating no longer has the stigma it did years ago. It’s seriously mainstream, and if you haven’t attended the wedding of someone who met online yet, odds are you will soon. The next time you’re feeling down about dating, take a look at these promising stats. Every day, someone new is trying online dating – and they could be the one for you!