Fifteen percent of Americans participate in online dating, according to a new poll.The Pew Research Poll, released Thursday, found a four percentage point increase from a similar poll conducted in 2013.Among other nations, the urge to cyberdate isn’t quite as strong.Twenty-one percent of Americans use the Internet for finding a partner, as do 16% of South Koreans, 28% of Brits and 27% of the French.
Just two years ago, American adults ages 18 to 24 used online-dating sites and apps at an average rate for all American adults—about 10 percent. College-aged and post-college-aged Americans are now the most likely demographic to turn to the technology.
The BBC World Service global poll surveyed close to 11,000 Internet users in 19 countries.
Turns out India and Pakistan have some of the largest numbers of enthusiasts for online dating, with 59% of Indians and 60% of Pakistanis using the Internet to track down a potential partner.
Fifteen percent of Americans have now used a website or app to look for a romantic partner; three years ago, only nine percent had.
As it happens, the only group which has taken to online dating at a rate like very young adults have been older adults.