These are among the key findings of a national survey of dating and relationships in the digital era, the first dedicated study of this subject by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project since 2005.
One in every ten American adults has used an online dating site or a mobile dating app.
The survey* conducted among New Zealanders and Australians revealed the results of the positives and pitfalls of online dating. A little white lie never hurt anyone, but it did change the profiles of 43% of people who’ve tried online dating in New Zealand and 51% in Australia.
In their attempt to put their best foot forward, daters admit to exaggeration or embellishment on their dating profiles.
The approach of finding a partner has changed over a period of time.
And 38% of Americans who are single and actively looking for a partner have used online dating at one point or another.Those currently dating online say it feels like a second job, more like a duty than a playful flirtation. Imagine spending entire evenings with complete strangers only to get “ghosted” the following day.Some spend up to two hours each day searching for and communicating with potential dates. And after all the hard work, online dating may be no more effective or successful.Among those using online dating, one of the most common words they used to describe their experience was “exhausting.” Online dating is exhausting Online dating requires a lot of effort.We have to weed through those who are not serious, or getting over their ex, or worse yet, already taken.One in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app themselves, and many people now know someone else who uses online dating or who has found a spouse or long-term partner via online dating.