Online Dating

It’s no secret that Internet Dating is now the most common practice for singles looking to meet other singles.

Since 2005, hundreds of dating websites have sprouted up and in the past few years mobile apps have been developed that make Internet Dating more easily accessible, easy to use and “on the go”.

Although launched on April 21, 1995 it remains the most visited internet dating site, attracting more visitors than its closest competitor, according to July 2014 comScore data.

According to StatisticBrain, Internet Dating has had a profound impact on our society.

Online Dating Statistics Data
Total number of single people in the U.S. 54,250,000
Total number of people in the U.S. who have tried Internet Dating 49,250,000
Total eHarmony members 16,500,000
Total members 23,575,000
Number of questions to fill out on eHarmony survey 400
Annual revenue from the Internet Datingindustry $1,749,000,000
Average spent by dating site customer per year $243
Average length of courtship for marriages that met online 18.5 Months
Average length of courtship for marriages that met offline 42 Months
Percent of users who leave within the first 3 months 10 %
Percent of male Internet Dating users 52.4 %
Percent of female Internet Dating users 47.6 %
Percent who say common interests are the most important factor 64 %
Percent who say physical characteristics are the most important factor 49 %
Percent of marriages in the last year in which the couple met on a dating site 17 %
Percent of current committed relationships that began online 20 %
Percent of people who believe in love at first sight 71 %
Percent of women who have sex on the first Internet Dating encounter 33 %
Percent of people who say they have dated more than one person simultaneously 53 %
Percent of sex offenders who use online dating to meet people 10 %

The Pew Research Center has also found statistics in their studies that show the growth of popularity and the general acceptance of internet dating over the past decade.

Some of the conclusions that they came to were:

  1.  Internet dating has lost much of its stigma. A majority of Americans now say online dating is a good way to meet people, when that hasn’t always been the case.
  2.  One-in-five adults ages 25-34 years old have used online dating, but it’s also popular with older singles, too.
  3. One-third of people who have used online dating have never actually gone on a date with someone they met on an Internet Dating website.
  4. One-in-five online daters have asked someone else to help them with their internet dating profile.
  5. 5% of Americans who are in a marriage or committed relationship say they met their significant other via an Internet Dating website.