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“But now a lot of people know someone who has met someone online." Potential dangers The poll found that most users of online dating tools had a positive experience although some did recognize potential dangers.
Some 80 percent of those who tried online dating said it was a good way to meet people, with 62 percent saying online dating was a good way to meet people because of the larger dating pool it opens.
Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.
The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.
Online dating is also relatively popular among the college-educated, as well as among urban and suburban residents.
And 38% of Americans who are single and actively looking for a partner have used online dating at one point or another.
The poll found that 27 percent of Americans age 18 to 24 used online dating sites and apps, up from 10 percent in 2013.
For Americans age 55 to 64, 12 percent used some kind of online dating tool. But the young and older crowds prefer different tools, the poll found, with younger folks preferring so-called swiping apps like Tinder while older daters preferred web-based sites like Match or e Harmony.
The growth "speaks to the growing cultural acceptance of online dating," Pew researcher Aaron Smith told AFP.