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.
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.
Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.
I think the idea of a woman who is sarcastic and "sassy" is funny, but don't go overboard, or you'll make me insecure and I'll call you a bitch.
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.
About one-in-five 18- to 24-year olds (22%) now report using mobile dating apps; in 2013, only 5% reported doing so.
One-third of people who have used online dating have never actually gone on a date with someone they met on these sites.
Gross or creepy messages are just the tip of the iceberg: There are tons of examples of confusing things guys say online, and there's a seemingly never-ending list of all-too-common phrases that guys use on their profiles that they (mistakenly) think are "original."In her new book Popular , 25-year-old Lauren Urasek — named "Ok Cupid's most popular woman in NYC" in 2014 — explores the many eccentricities of online dating, not least of which is the bizarre "Dudespeak" (as she dubs it) that plagues men's profiles and messages.
That doesn't mean that women can't be just as baffling at times, but often, men just simply don't have a way with words, especially when it comes to online dating.