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Most online Americans who are single and looking for dates have used the internet to pursue their romantic interests and millions more Americans know people who have tried and succeeded at online dating. Second, there is relatively broad public contact with the online dating world because ificant s of Americans personally know others who have tried and succeeded at online dating. Twice as many know someone who has at least dabbled in the online dating scene.
At the same time, most internet users believe online dating is dangerous because it puts personal information online and they also think that many online daters lie about their marital status. Female internet users, older users, and those who have lower levels of income or education are among the most wary of these risks. Those with lower levels of income or education are more likely than the average internet user to suspect that people lie.
The internet users who are single and looking for dates report similar views. While some stigma about online dating persists, most internet users do not view it simply as a last resort. Those who do regard online daters as desperate tend to have less experience online and say they are less trusting of people generally.
And although online men are more likely than online women to view dating services as a good way to meet people, they are also more likely to categorize online daters as a desperate group. Those who are in the market for online dating services are a relatively specific group. We call them online daters in this report. Online Daters are defined here as internet users who have gone to an online dating website or other site where they can meet people online.
Still, the general online public is evenly divided over the merits of online dating.
And, in general, the younger the internet user, the more likely he or she is to rate the services favorably. Online daters believe dating websites help people to find a better match because they can get to know a lot more people. Most online daters think that using internet dating services helps to open up the playing field. The general online public is less certain, but generally supportive of the notion that online dating facilitates better pairing.
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. Those who describe themselves as single and looking for a partner comprise a relatively small segment of the online population that totals about 10 million people. They use the internet both as a roadmap for the offline world and as a destination to meet people by marshaling things like search engines,and instant messaging to connect with a romantic partner.
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