The areas of most rapid growth were the youngest adults (ages 18-24) and older Americans in their 50s and 60s. "Definitely the most surprising aspect is the huge jump in online dating use by very young adults, specifically people in their late teens and early 20s," said Aaron Smith, Pew associate director of research."If you look at all the academic literature, it says this is a group that should not need online dating, because they are surrounded by young, available single people," Smith said.The online dating scene has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades, and more Americans than ever are looking for their perfect match on the web.Looking for your future partner online is no longer thought of as something reserved for only the socially awkward or desperate.
With any online social sites, there are risks, but do you know the reality of those risks?Paige, a 33-year-old graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, is a former Irish dancer who enjoys posing for 1950s-era cheesecake shots that she posts online.Sitting in front of a computer or flipping through a smartphone, she says, she feels at home.About 1,000 new online dating services open each year. As Internet usage has grown, so, too, has online dating.Thanks to the Internet and social networking sites like Facebook, online dating has become an unstoppable juggernaut.Users age 18 to 24 say they have increased their clicking and swiping almost threefold since 2013: from 10 percent to 27 percent.This marks the biggest jump; older survey participants indicate they've doubled their usage of higher-tech ways to meet people. Bumble is designed to let women make the first move, or just find a friend.According to , 11 percent of American adults have enrolled in an online dating service. Online dating sites and dating apps enjoy widespread popularity, and not just among young adults.If you're a baby boomer, you're just as likely to be an online dater as a young adult.Online dating is a multi-billion dollar industry with over 40 million users and growing every day.It inspires people meet their spouses and make new connections in a world where people just don’t have time to date the traditional way.