Despite the wealth of digital tools that allow people to search for potential partners, and even as one-in-ten Americans are now using one of the many online dating platforms, the vast majority of relationships still begin offline.
Even among Americans who have been with their spouse or partner for five years or less, fully 88% say that they met their partner offline–without the help of a dating site.
One-third of people who have used online dating have never actually gone on a date with someone they met on these sites.
Some 41% of users with recent dating experience between the ages of 18 and 29 have used sites like Twitter or Facebook to get more information on a potential date. At that point, 15% of social media users with recent dating experience say they have used social networking sites to ask someone out.
An additional 18% have friended or followed someone from a friend’s recommendation. Over a quarter (27%) of social media users have unfriended or blocked someone who was flirting with them in a way that made them feel uncomfortable. Men in this group are somewhat more likely than women to have done this (19% vs. Some 17% of social media users have posted pictures or other details of a date on social networking sites.
Women are especially likely to enlist a friend in helping them craft the perfect profile—30% of female online daters have done this, compared with 16% of men.
5% of Americans who are in a marriage or committed relationship say they met their significant other online.
Here are five facts about online dating: Online dating has lost much of its stigma, and a majority of Americans now say online dating is a good way to meet people.