The typical (median) online dating site user is 38 years old, while the typical (median) dating app user is 29 years old—nearly a decade younger.Although the proportion of Americans who say that they personally use online dating has not changed dramatically since 2005, familiarity with online dating through others (i.e., knowing someone who uses online dating, or knowing someone who has entered into a relationship via online dating) has increased significantly over that time.As we found in our previous research on this subject, Americans’ attitudes towards online dating are relatively nuanced.

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has become steadily more prevalent in recent years.

In 2008 just 3% of all Americans said that they had used an online dating site; by 2009 that figure had risen to 6% of all Americans, and today 9% of the adult population has used an online dating site.

The five sites with the most mentions in each year are listed below: The online dating marketplace has undergone dramatic changes since we conducted our first study on this subject in 2005.

In particular, many services now offer cell phone apps that allow users to update their profile, search the profiles of others, and find potential dates in their area using their mobile phone.

Since 85% of the population now goes online, that means that one out of every ten Americans (9%) has used an online dating site at one point or another.

The college-educated and those in their mid-twenties through mid-forties are especially likely to use online dating sites.

As we did in our previous study, we presented online dating site users with an open-ended follow-up question asking which particular dating site(s) they have used.

was the most-mentioned site in both our 20 studies, and e Harmony also ranked highly in both 20.

Seniors are again especially notable in this regard, as 20% of those 65 and older now know someone who has entered into a serious relationship with someone they met via online dating.

That is a three-fold increase over the 7% of seniors who said “yes” to this question in 2005.

Notably, Americans ages 65 and older are now twice as likely to know someone who uses online dating than they were in 2005 (24% of seniors now know an online dater, compared with 13% who did so eight years ago).