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Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
When we first studied online dating habits in 2005, most Americans had little exposure to online dating or to the people who used it, and they tended to view it as a subpar way of meeting people.
Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.
Before we start talking about “Dating in Japan” one thing should be crystal clear: If you’ve ever been to Japan you might have noticed that there’s a tremendous number of (often not so handsome) foreign guys walking hand-in-hand with Japanese women.
That is a substantial increase from the 43% of online daters who had actually progressed to the date stage when we first asked this question in 2005.
But it still means that one-third of online daters have not yet met up in real life with someone they initially found on an online dating site.
If you haven’t found quite what you’re looking for on an online dating site, you aren’t alone.
Two thirds of online daters—66%—tell us that they have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or dating app.