Some of the naysayers, however, are the same people logged onto online sites and apps.
About one in 10 of online daters said they think dating site users are “desperate” (though the survey didn’t indicate if they were referring to themselves or just their lackluster prospects on those sites).
In a separate question, 6% of online daters say that dating websites do an “excellent” job of protecting people’s personal information, while 32% say they do a “good” job.
Another 33% rate the services as “fair” and 12% say the websites do a “poor” job of protecting their information.
The internet, cell phones and social media have become key actors in the lives of many American couples.
Technology is a source of support and communication as well as tension, and couples say it has both good and bad impacts on their relationships.
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
79% said they felt dating sites and apps are a good way to meet people and their positive attitudes are probably reinforced by seeing success stories.More than half (59%) of Pew’s respondents said they now agree with the statement that “online dating is a good way to meet people,” compared to 44% in 2005.Though 21% of respondents said they think people who use online dating sites are “desperate,” that’s a decrease from the 29% who agreed with the statement eight years ago.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.One in 10 Americans have used a dating site or app, including 38% of people who currently describe themselves as “single and looking,” according to Pew Research Center’s first survey on online dating since 2005.