Dating for young people

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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.Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.

When we first studied online dating habits in 2005, most Americans had little exposure to online dating or to the people who used it, and they tended to view it as a subpar way of meeting people.

Tinder also helped to usher in a wave of more niche, targeted dating apps, such as HER, Ishq and invite-only app Raya.

While 22% of young adults said they've accessed a mobile dating app, up from just 5% in 2013, college-aged users aren't the only ones actively browsing the Internet for dates.

Changes in relationship formation and dissolution in the past 50 years have revealed new patterns in romantic relations among young adults.

The US Census indicates that young people are choosing to marry later and cohabitating more often than past generations.

In fact, 27% of young adults users now say they've used an online dating platform, up from 10% in early 2013.

Overall, about 15% of Americans have, at one point, used an online dating site.

Now, a researcher has found that people in their 20s are redefining dating by engaging in "stayover relationships," spending three or more nights together each week while maintaining the option of going to their own homes. Census indicates that young people are choosing to marry later and cohabitating more often than past generations.

Changes in relationship formation and dissolution in the past 50 years have revealed new patterns in romantic relations among young adults. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found that people in their 20s are redefining dating by engaging in "stayover relationships," spending three or more nights together each week while maintaining the option of going to their own homes.

Online dating went mainstream years ago, but new research suggests the amount of young adults looking for love on the Internet has grown threefold since 2013.

The young adult demographic — ages 18 to 24 — has experienced the biggest uptick in online dating activity in the past three years, according to the Pew Research Center.

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