Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.
Today, 12% of 55- to 64-year-olds report ever using an online dating site or mobile dating app versus only 6% in 2013.
Two thirds of online daters—66%—tell us that they have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or dating app.
That is a substantial increase from the 43% of online daters who had actually progressed to the date stage when we first asked this question in 2005.
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 has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.
And even easier to forget to wonder how it's changed things when it comes to romantic relationships.
So more online pairings should lead to an increase in marriages between very different people. "It is intriguing that shortly after the introduction of the first dating websites in 1995, like Match.com, the percentage of new marriages created by interracial couples increased rapidly," the researchers note. Though the article goes into less detail on why this might be so, Ortega and Hergovich's models also predict that the strength of marriages should go up in a world where a great many people meet online (perhaps because we have a wider pool of possible partners to choose from? That has the potential to significantly benefit society.
Then again, in 2014, the number of interracial marriages jumped again. And it's exactly what Ortega and Hergovich's model predicts," notes the MIT write-up.
You ended up marrying your best friend's cousin or your golf buddy's wife's friend.
These days, thanks to technology, many more of us end up paired up with people who were perfect strangers before some algorithm brought them to our attention.