Facts on internet dating
The 2016 Pew Research Center's survey reveals that the usage of online dating sites by American adults increased from 9% in 2013, to 12% in 2015.
Further, during this period, the usage among 18- to 24-year-olds tripled, while that among 55- to 65-year-olds doubled.
During an April 2017 survey, 84 percent of dating app users stated that they were using online dating services to look for a romantic relationship.
A further 43 percent used online dating for friendly contact and only 24 percent of respondents stated that that they used online dating apps and services explicitly for sexual encounters.
Dating apps are also a lucrative business - as of February 2017, some of the highest-grossing social apps in the Apple App Store worldwide were dating apps. Due to varying update cycles, statistics can display more up-to-date data than referenced in the text.
In the United States, the top revenue generating i OS dating app was Match with monthly app revenues of 1.3 million U.
Once a profile has been created, members can view the profiles of other members of the service, using the visible profile information to decide whether or not to initiate contact.
Still others rely solely on paid membership subscriptions.
Opinions and usage of online dating services also differ widely.
Most services offer digital messaging, while others provide additional services such as webcasts, online chat, telephone chat (VOIP), and message boards.
Members can constrain their interactions to the online space, or they can arrange a date to meet in person.