In the two years between this Pew poll and the last, the percent of 18 to 24-year-olds who had used dating apps on their phone vaulted from five percent to 22 percent.
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.
Across all American adults, use of dating apps tripled, though the raw numbers aren’t as impressive.
(Which makes me wonder how much the idea of some matches being algorithmically better than others has been sold by online-dating companies.)Almost 30 percent of Americans know a long-term relationship which sprang from online dating; about 40 percent of them know someone who uses it.
Most interesting to me: These two numbers leap up significantly among affluent or college-educated Americans.
More than half of the women surveyed said that online dating was a more dangerous way to meet people than other approaches.
Only 38 percent of men said they felt the same way.
College was scaffolded with social activities meant to introduce strangers to other strangers, whether it was speed dating or fraternity-sorority hang-outs.
But a new poll finds that an extraordinary technological change has taken place over the past three years.
But Slater doesn't offer up much hard evidence that monogamy is actually becoming passe in this country, other than to point out that divorce rates have increased -- an oversimplification of what's happened in the past few decades.