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Though 21% of respondents said they think people who use online dating sites are “desperate,” that’s a decrease from the 29% who agreed with the statement eight years ago.
Some of the naysayers, however, are the same people logged onto online sites and apps.
79% said they felt dating sites and apps are a good way to meet people and their positive attitudes are probably reinforced by seeing success stories.
29% of Pew’s respondents said they know someone who used sites or apps to find a spouse or other long-term relationship, up from just 15% in 2005.
Though 23% of the people surveyed said they found a spouse or long-term partner online, Pew says that percentage is “statistically similar” to the 17% of online daters who reported success back in 2005.