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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.

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And 38% of Americans who are single and actively looking for a partner have used online dating at one point or another.

Compared with eight years ago, online daters in 2013 are more likely to actually go out on dates with the people they meet on these sites.

At the same time, the proportion of Americans who say that they met their current partner online has doubled in the last eight years.

Some 6% of internet users who are in a marriage, partnership, or other committed relationship met their partner online—that is up from 3% of internet users who said this in 2005.

Some 22% of 25-34 year olds and 17% of 35-44 year olds are online daters.

Online dating is also relatively popular among the college-educated, as well as among urban and suburban residents.

And 29% of Americans now know someone who met a spouse or other long-term partner through online dating, up from just 15% in 2005.

People in nearly every major demographic group—old and young, men and women, urbanites and rural dwellers—are more likely to know someone who uses online dating (or met a long term partner through online dating) than was the case eight years ago.

That is statistically similar to the 17% of online daters who said that this had happened to them when we first asked this question in 2005.

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