Across all American adults, use of dating apps tripled, though the raw numbers aren’t as impressive.In 2013, three percent had used a smartphone dating app. The study polled 2,001 adults in the United States, mostly during June of last year.Meanwhile, the share of 55- to 64-year-olds who use online dating has doubled over the same time period (from 6% in 2013 to 12% in 2015).For young adults in particular, this overall increase in online dating usage has been accompanied by a dramatic increase in the use of mobile dating apps.
Just two years ago, American adults ages 18 to 24 used online-dating sites and apps at an average rate for all American adults—about 10 percent. College-aged and post-college-aged Americans are now the most likely demographic to turn to the technology.
Over the same period of time, use of Tinder, Hinge, and apps like them exploded.
Just for reference, in February 2013, first covered Tinder, “a new mobile dating application…with a difference”; by January 2016, it could refer to “Tinder dates” without further explanation.
That’s the most interesting result from a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday on Americans’ online-dating habits.
Conducted early last summer, the poll found that use of the services has grown modestly since 2013.
The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who report having used online dating has nearly tripled in the last two years.