Online daters believe dating websites help people to find a better match because they can get to know a lot more people.
Looking at the total internet population, 11% of all American internet-using adults—about 16 million people—say they have gone to an online dating website or other site where they can meet people online. Our survey also finds that, at the moment, 7% of online adults, or about 10 million people, say they are currently seeking romantic partners.
Within this group, 37% have gone to a dating website.
Another 33% rate the services as “fair” and 12% say the websites do a “poor” job of protecting their information.
In addition, 57% of internet users agree that a lot of people who use online dating lie about their marital status; while 18% disagree, and 25% say they do not know.
At the same time, a sizable segment, 29%, report mostly negative experiences.
Few offer a mixed response: just 7% say they had both positive and negative experiences.
One in ten internet users say they have personally gone to dating websites.
Those who are in the market for online dating services are a relatively specific group.
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