What ethnicity uses online dating the most

18-May-2015 14:40

She came across Bowman's profile twice: first on Plenty of Fish, then OKCupid.

The areas of most rapid growth were the youngest adults (ages 18-24) and older Americans in their 50s and 60s. "Definitely the most surprising aspect is the huge jump in online dating use by very young adults, specifically people in their late teens and early 20s," said Aaron Smith, Pew associate director of research.

"If you look at all the academic literature, it says this is a group that should not need online dating, because they are surrounded by young, available single people," Smith said.

Users age 18 to 24 say they have increased their clicking and swiping almost threefold since 2013: from 10 percent to 27 percent.

Beyond the bigger services such as or e Harmony, there is a dizzying array of apps. Some help make a match, a hookup or just provide an amusing way to spend time browsing. With Hinge, would-be daters must have a common friend on social media.The latter speaks to a concern expressed by women in the Pew survey.