Who Uses Online Dating

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Who Uses Online Dating? 7 Stats to Know (Feb. 2024)

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Approximately 8,000 dating sites exist on the web, and about 49 million people have used a dating site or app. Who are these people, though? What are their goals, personality traits, backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles?

We’ll answer those questions and more in this article. Here are seven interesting facts about online dating users.

1. Age: 27% of 18- to 24-Year-Olds Online Date

According to the Pew Research Center, more millennials and Gen Zers have tried online dating — more specifically, those who are between 18 and 24. The next largest group of people who have tried online dating — 22% — are 25 to 34, followed by 21% who are 35 to 44. People 45 to 54 make up only 13% of those who venture online to date, while 55- to 64-year-olds represent 12%, and 3% are 65+.

Online dating was created in the ’90s, so it makes sense that millennials would use it the most. It also makes sense that people who are 65 or older would be the least likely to use online dating. They’re either already married or may not be as comfortable with technology because they didn’t grow up with it. However, that could change in the future as more senior dating sites come onto the scene.

2. Gender: 52.4% Male vs. 47.6% Female

According to eharmony, the gender breakdown for online dating shows there’s a small difference between men and women: 52.4% compared with 47.6%, respectively.

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While men outnumber women in terms of online dating use, it’s not by much.

This also seems to be the case on apps like Tinder and hookup platforms like BeNaughty, where men are more likely to join.

3. Income: 16% of People Who Make $30K to $74K a Year Have Tried Online Dating

A potential date or partner’s income can be important to a lot of singles, and we’ve found that income levels don’t really vary greatly online. Statista, a provider of market and consumer data, says that 16% of people who make between $30,000 and $74,999 a year have signed up for a dating site or app. The second largest group (15%) have an annual income of $75,000 or more, followed by those who have an annual income of less than $30,000 (11%).

4. Relationship Preferences: 84% Want to Find a Commitment

Some people and media outlets say that online dating has created a hookup culture, but the numbers say that’s not the case.

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Contrary to some reports, most online daters want to find a lifelong partner.

According to Statista, more than 8 out of 10 online daters are looking for a long-term relationship or marriage. In addition, one-third of married couples say they met online, and those people are more likely to say their marriage is satisfying.

5. Education: 16% of College Graduates Have Used a Dating Site

The Pew Research Center also reports that 16% of people who’ve earned a college degree have been on a dating site. In addition, 9% have been on a dating app. The study shows that 15% of those who’ve completed some college have used an online dating site, while 11% of that demographic have used a dating app; and 8% of people with a high school education or less have tried a dating site, while 7% of those have tried a dating app.

6. Race: 14% of Caucasians Have Signed Up for a Dating Site

As more minorities make up the population, the more diverse our world becomes, and that is true for online dating as well. However, Caucasians still make up the majority of the online dating population. About 14% of Caucasians have joined at least one dating site, and 8% have joined a least one dating app, according to that same Pew study. In terms of black singles, the numbers are 11% for online and 10% for dating app use. Meanwhile, 7% of Hispanic singles reported using online dating sites, and 10% have used a dating app.

7. Location: 13% of Those Who Live in Urban or Suburban Areas Have Tried Online Dating in the Last 3 Years

Dictionary.com defines an urban area as “a city area considered as the inner city plus built-up environs, irrespective of local body administrative boundaries.” The site defines a suburb as “a district lying immediately outside a city or town, especially a smaller residential community.” In addition, the site defines rural as “living in the country.”

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A majority of people who’ve tried online dating live in larger cities and towns.

This should give you more perspective when looking at the Pew Research Center’s statistics for the location of online daters. Researchers say 13% of people living in urban areas and 13% of those living in the suburbs have used a dating site, while 10% of urban dwellers and 9% of suburbanites have used a dating app. Perhaps people in these two groups are more likely to be introduced to dating sites and have more dating options because they’re near a larger population. Only 10% of people who live in rural areas, and 6% of that population have used a dating site or app, respectively.

Online Dating is for Everyone & Anyone!

More and more dating sites are launched every year, particularly niche dating sites, so there really is an option for almost every single person on earth. Because of its reach, adaptability, convenience, and success rates, online dating has attracted people from all walks of life.

Whether you’re young or old, rich or poor, straight or queer, you can find a dating site that caters to people just like you — or just like the people you want to date.

If you haven’t checked the online dating scene out yet, it’s worth your time. Our experts have even narrowed down the best dating sites if you’re not sure where to start. Have fun!

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