The Pew Research Center reported this week that more and more Americans are clicking their way to romance through online dating.
According to details of Pew's Internet and American Life study released this week, 11 percent of all American adults have used an Internet dating site and some 42 percent of Americans know someone who has used an Internet dating site. And the rate of Americans who find what they're looking for on Internet dating sites -- long-lasting relationships or marriage -- has nearly doubled, going from just 15 percent in 2005 to 29 percent currently.
One of the main reasons? Pew said that the general attitudes people have about online dating has also changed dramatically since the last study in 2005, with the new report saying some 59 percent of Americans consider online dating a good way to forge new relationships. The level of how "desperate" Americans felt online dating was dropped eight points since 2005.
Also new is the way consumers are using online dating tools, including apps and mobile technology, though the study said only one in 10 uses the apps to find someone. Seventeen percent on online daters also used their mobile devices to break up with someone they dated.
While the growth is noteworthy, online dating still has some bugs to work out for its users. Twenty-eight percent of users on major sites such as eHarmony or Match.com said that they felt someone "seriously misrepresented" themselves or that they were contacted in a way that made them "uncomfortable."