The following table gives the basic percentages of which online Americans use online dating sites.However, even among the singles who have ventured to online dating sites recently or in the past, some are currently unavailable.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.
Being a broadband user or someone who is single and looking in an area where it is difficult to meet people also increases the likelihood of being connected to someone with online dating experience: While equal numbers of urban, suburban and rural internet users have tried online dating websites, adults who live in urban communities are more likely than those who live in suburban or rural areas to say that they know someone who has used an online dating website; 35% of urban adults know an online dater, compared with 30% of suburban adults and 26% of rural adults.
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.
Of the currently married people who have used online dating sites, the vast majority of them were married in the past 10 years, with nearly two-thirds (64%) married sometime in the past three years.
Still, the majority (45%) of those who have visited the sites have never been married.
Three in ten (31%) online daters were married but are now divorced, separated or widowed.