In particular, many services now offer cell phone apps that allow users to update their profile, search the profiles of others, and find potential dates in their area using their mobile phone.
For the first time in our 2013 survey we asked specifically about the use of these cell phone dating apps.
We refer to these individuals throughout this report as “online daters,” and we define them in the following way: Taken together, 11% of all American adults have used either an online dating site or a mobile dating app and are classified as “online daters.” The questions we have used to measure online dating have evolved over the years, and as a result we cannot directly compare the size of the total online dating population to some of our earlier surveys on the subject.
has become steadily more prevalent in recent years.
The college-educated and those in their mid-twenties through mid-forties are especially likely to use online dating sites.
As we did in our previous study, we presented online dating site users with an open-ended follow-up question asking which particular dating site(s) they have used.
This does not include users of mobile dating apps, which will be discussed in the next section of the report.