“They’re much more likely to respond positively in general to online dating and the people who use it.” There’s also been an anecdotal increase in his research of those who know someone who has met a partner through online dating, Smith says.“So they’re more inclined to try it out for themselves.” The wealthier and more educated you are, the more likely you are to date online, previous Pew studies concluded.
One in three single baby boomers has never even been married, according to a 2012 survey by Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research in Ohio.Nearly six-in-10 college graduates (58%) know someone who uses online dating, and nearly half (46%) know someone who has entered into a marriage or long-term partnership with someone they met online. Online dating is like shopping on Amazon rather than wandering aimlessly around a shopping mall.“The economics of looking for a partner are very similar to finding a job,” Oyer says.Sarah created an OK Cupid account in her junior year of college as an additional way to find potential boyfriends.“The guys I dated weren’t as mature as I liked,” she says, adding that “it gives you a much bigger range of people than you would meet in real life.” Don’t get caught up on appearances. “You’re given the flexibility to create a profile of who you are and whom you want. That said, don’t perfect your profile to the extent that it becomes inauthentic. The essence of e-dating is finding the profile that’s compatible with yours.That figure isn’t shocking when we consider the influx of not just online dating websites, but also apps that allow you to rate potential matches with the tap of a screen.
We asked 22-year-old Sarah and 24-year-old Anna*, to guide us through Internet dating based on their own experiences. Think about what you’re looking for, whether it’s a casual fling or ultimately a serious relationship.
“I can only tell you that they tell me — they’re not,” Myers says.
“They’re mostly looking for women who are 10 years within their own range, often in either direction.” But that, she adds, is also because the sites she chooses are geared towards older Americans.
More baby boomers are clicking their way to true love.
The share of 55- to 64-year-olds that sign up for dating sites has doubled from 6% in 2013 to 12% in 2015, according to a survey released Thursday of 2,000 adults by the Pew Research Center, a think tank in Washington, D. Meanwhile, the share of 18- to 24-year-olds that report having used online dating to meet people has nearly tripled in the last two years to 27% from 10%.
The so-called gray divorce rate has risen sharply — from just one in 10 people over the age of 50 in 1990, to around one in four in 2009 — according to research by sociologists Susan Brown and I-Fen Lin of Bowling Green State University.