Sex dating network
Opinions and usage of online dating services also differ widely.
A 2005 study of data collected by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that individuals are more likely to use an online dating service if they use the Internet for a greater number of tasks, and less likely to use such a service if they are trusting of others.
In particular, the number of American adults who had used an online dating site went from 9% in 2013 to 12% in 2015 while those who used an online dating software application on their mobile phones jumped from 3% to 9% during the same period.
This increase was driven mainly by people aged 18 to 24, for whom usage almost tripled.
Safety was, however, the exception, with 53% of women and only 38% of men expressing concern.
There is, however, great variation along gender lines.
For comparison, 88% of Americans who were with their current spouse or partner for no more than five years said their met their mates offline.Nevertheless, only one in three had actually gone out on a date with someone they met online.About one in five, especially women, at 30%, compared to 16% for men, asked for help with their online profile.A great diversity of online dating services currently exists (see Comparison of online dating services).
Some have a broad membership base of diverse users looking for many different types of relationships.
Under this metaphor, members of a given service can both "shop" for potential relationship partners and "sell" themselves in hopes of finding a successful match.