If you've tried online dating, you've got lots of company. The online dating market has grown fiercely competitive.In March 2015, 49.25 million people had tried online dating in the U. Let's find out how popular online dating is, who's doing it, why they're doing it, and how people feel about it. According to , over 2,500 online dating services are based in the United States, with roughly 8,000 competitors worldwide.Is it creating a new reality in which people actively avoid real-life interactions?
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.Consider Match.com, an online dating industry pioneer. Around that time, only 14 percent of American adults were internet users.Today, about 95 percent of Americans, or 304.1 million people, are online, and many are surfing the Web for dates and mates.But the fear that online dating is changing us, collectively, that it's creating unhealthy habits and preferences that aren't in our best interests, is being driven more by paranoia than it is by actual facts."There are a lot of theories out there about how online dating is bad for us," Michael Rosenfeld, a sociologist at Stanford who has been conducting a long-running study of online dating, told me the other day.