However, other subgroups report greater proximity to online daters: One in six adult Americans (15%) say they know someone who has been in a long-term relationship or married someone they met online.Again, certain subgroups are even more likely to know someone who has eventually ended up with a long-term partnership that began at an online dating site.Of the currently married people who have used online dating sites, the vast majority of them were married in the past 10 years, with nearly two-thirds (64%) married sometime in the past three years.
Three in ten (31%) online daters were married but are now divorced, separated or widowed.
The following table gives the basic percentages of which online Americans use online dating sites.
Though internet users often take advantage of other opportunities for dating, flirting, meeting, and investigating potential dates online, websites specifically geared toward online dating form the core of internet romance activities.
Panel data gathered by com Score Media Metrix shows that Yahoo Personals and attracted the most visitors in January 2006.
Online daters are more likely to be employed than non-daters, but they are not necessarily garnering huge salaries.
Those earning lower incomes are slightly more likely to be online daters.
Among those who are single and looking, 44% report knowing an online dater.
Of course, online daters themselves are the most likely to know others who have used online dating services; 74% know someone else who uses online dating services.
However, that still means that 26% are forging their own path in online dating, without others leading the way.
In general, younger people and those with higher levels of income and education are more likely to be tapped into the online dating scene via someone they know.
Most daters report that online dating is a pretty good experience.