Online dating research 2016 after break dating up

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Fifty-three percent who have used online dating say it's more dangerous than other ways of meeting people, compared to 38 percent of the men.

After starting out on Craigslist and finding participants "grungy and gross," Paige switched to more reputable services.

This extends to online dating, where she met her fiance, Bryan Bowman, also 33.

"I don't feel like I have to put on an act; I have social anxiety and not the best self-esteem," she said.

This could be due to a de-stigmatizing factor; 41 percent of Americans say they know someone who uses online dating and 29 percent say they know someone who has met a spouse or long-term partner that way.

Paige, a 33-year-old graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, is a former Irish dancer who enjoys posing for 1950s-era cheesecake shots that she posts online.

Sitting in front of a computer or flipping through a smartphone, she says, she feels at home.

The areas of most rapid growth were the youngest adults (ages 18-24) and older Americans in their 50s and 60s. "Definitely the most surprising aspect is the huge jump in online dating use by very young adults, specifically people in their late teens and early 20s," said Aaron Smith, Pew associate director of research.

"If you look at all the academic literature, it says this is a group that should not need online dating, because they are surrounded by young, available single people," Smith said.

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