Regrettably, men’s manners have regressed behind this shield of anonymity and women have reacted by raising barriers of caution during online dating.The men have then become craftier in their deception and women more wary.

We refer to these individuals throughout this report as “online daters,” and we define them in the following way: Taken together, 11% of all American adults have done one or both of these activities and are classified as “online daters.” In terms of demographics, online dating is most common among Americans in their mid-20’s through mid-40’s.

Some 22% of 25-34 year olds and 17% of 35-44 year olds are online daters.

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.

(If you’re still at a loss, at least mark “modesty” as one of your chief virtues.) Just don’t get carried away.

Getting hyperbolic about your achievements may attract a few more interested parties, but it’s a bad idea to misrepresent yourself. And while you’re being honest, remember to be clear on your “non-negotiables”.

We all have that coworker, sister-in-law or neighbor that found her fairy tale ending on an online date-to-love site like or e Harmony.

We use social media for everything else, so it’s no surprise that nearly 20% of us have now tried online dating.

These are among the key findings of a national survey of dating and relationships in the digital era, the first dedicated study of this subject by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project since 2005.