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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.
Seventy-eight percent of women said they split the check on a date because they didn’t want to feel obligated to go out again or to get physical.
But 47 percent of women said they offer to pay to be polite or to assert their independence.
prime candidates for dating from age 14 or younger to close to 30 or older.
That’s about 15 years, or roughly a fifth of their lives.
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.
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.