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.
A further 43 percent used online dating for friendly contact and only 24 percent of respondents stated that that they used online dating apps and services explicitly for sexual encounters.
Current online dating site users explained their reasons for using online dating sites or apps with answers that included finding someone for a long term relationship or even marriage and the chance to meet people who just want to have fun.
According to another recent survey of dating site users, 66 percent of U. singles used online dating to expand their dating pool.
Online dating is no longer seen as a last attempt for the desperate and lonely to find their soul mate.
The stigma is beginning to dissipate as an increasing amount of Americans believe that online dating is now socially acceptable.
Around 38% of those who are currently single and looking reported using dating websites or apps to meet potential mates.