Americans visiting online dating sites

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Most daters report that online dating is a pretty good experience.

Just over half of online daters report that they had a mostly positive experience with online dating websites—52% reported a mostly positive experience, while 29% said it was mostly negative, 7% said it was both positive and negative, and 12% were not sure.

Though internet users often take advantage of other opportunities for dating, flirting, meeting, and investigating potential dates online, websites specifically geared toward online dating form the core of internet romance activities.

Panel data gathered by com Score Media Metrix shows that Yahoo Personals and attracted the most visitors in January 2006.

The table below lists the top ten websites that fall within the personals and dating category: Those who have used dating websites are more likely to describe themselves as supporters of gay marriage and identify as “someone who likes to try new things” when compared with the general population of adults and all internet users.

They are less likely to identify themselves as religious and are less likely to say they believe in traditional gender roles for men and women.

While most Americans do not have firsthand experience with online dating, close to one in three adults know someone else who has tried the services.

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Of the single people who have used online dating sites (never married, separated, divorced, or widowed), nearly one-third (31%) are currently in a committed romantic relationship—65% are not. unattached singles is similar to what we find in the overall population of online singles.

The survey shows that many online daters appear to be successful in meeting people online.

A sizable segment of those who use online dating websites (43%) have actually followed through with a date, and 17% say their online romances have resulted in a long-term relationship or marriage.

Some of those who have used online dating websites are now officially “off the market.” Of the 16 million American adults who have ever used online dating websites, about one quarter (23%) are now married or living as married.

Still, the majority (45%) of those who have visited the sites have never been married.

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