College students are settling into a new environment and often struggle to meet people, and this change in scenery and lifestyle can make online dating appealing.
Over the past few years, several sites have sprung up that specifically target college students, including Date My School and Ivy Date.
Even when a student doesn't meet her partner online, a significant portion of her relationship interactions may occur online. A former martial arts instructor, he holds bachelor's degrees in music and computer science from Westchester University, and a juris doctor from Georgia State University.
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However, according to Internet World Stats, Internet usage has doubled since that time, so the percentage of people using online dating has also likely increased.
Pew also reported that 18 percent of young people aged 18 to 29 use online dating.
The Pew Internet and American Life Project found in 2006 that about 11 percent of all Internet users had used online dating.
Online dating once was something people had to keep secret, and was treated as the domain of people who couldn't get a "real" date.
But online dating has gone mainstream, and a 2010 survey found that about 17 percent of people who had married in the previous three years met their spouses online.
Here are five facts about online dating: Online dating has lost much of its stigma, and a majority of Americans now say online dating is a good way to meet people.
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.