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.
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.
Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.
Today, 12% of 55- to 64-year-olds report ever using an online dating site or mobile dating app versus only 6% in 2013.
One factor behind the substantial growth among younger adults is their use of mobile dating apps.
The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.