The percentage of older Americans dating online has doubled, according to Pew Research Center.The share of Americans ages 55-64 who say they use online dating services has jumped from 6 percent in 2013 to 12 percent in 2015, according to a national survey published Thursday.
Pew conducted this survey of 2,001 adults between June 10 and July 12, 2015.
Amanda Lenhart gave the keynote presentation to the Council on Contemporary Families Annual Conference at the University of Miami.
Amanda’s talk is in two parts—the first examines how American adults, particularly singles, date online.
The second part talks about how adults in marriages or long-term relationships use the internet, mobile phones, and social media within their relationships.
Throughout human history, people have sought assistance from others in meeting romantic partners – and Americans today are increasingly looking for love online by enlisting the services of online dating sites and a new generation of mobile dating apps.
A national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted June 10-July 12, 2015, among 2,001 adults, finds that: This growth has been especially pronounced for two groups who have historically not used online dating at particularly high levels – the youngest adults, as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.
The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who report having used online dating has nearly tripled in the last two years.
Today 27% of these young adults report that they have done so, up from just 10% in early 2013.
Meanwhile, the share of 55- to 64-year-olds who use online dating has doubled over the same time period (from 6% in 2013 to 12% in 2015).
For young adults in particular, this overall increase in online dating usage has been accompanied by a dramatic increase in the use of mobile dating apps.
Fully 22% of 18- to 24-year-olds now report using mobile dating apps, a more than fourfold increase from the 5% who reported using dating apps in 2013.