More than 60 per cent (62%) of women and 57 per cent of men reported that they had used online dating sites or applications to meet new partners.
The types of relationships sought through online dating were not significantly different for men and women. Accessed on 13/12/2017 at com.au/news/insight/article/2017/02/09/has-online-dating-encouraged-singledom.
At the same time, public attitudes towards online dating have grown more positive in the last eight years: Additionally, 32% of internet users agree with the statement that “online dating keeps people from settling down because they always have options for people to date.” This is the first time we have asked this question.
In general, online daters themselves give the experience high marks.
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.Women (44%) were more likely to report that they usually met partners through mutual friends when compared to men (34%).A higher proportion of men (42%) when compared to women (36%) reported that they usually met partners through ‘other’ methods (see figure 2).Guidelines were developed in 2012 to encourage inclusion of appropriate scam warnings and information on websites; establishing vetting and checking systems to detect and deal with scammers; and make available to consumers a scam complaint handling mechanism.Relationships Australia’s November 2017 monthly online survey asked respondents for their opinion on questions about their use and awareness of online dating.