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In particular, the number of people who thought that online dating was a good way to meet people rose from 44% in 2005 to 59% in 2015 whereas those who believed that people to used online dating services were desperate fell from 29% to 23% during the same period.Although only a negligible number of people dated online in 2005, that rose to 11% in 2013 and then 15% in 2015.Most services also encourage members to add photos or videos to their profile.Once a profile has been created, members can view the profiles of other members of the service, using the visible profile information to decide whether or not to initiate contact.In addition, online daters felt that online dating is easier more efficient than other methods (61%), and gives access to a larger pool of potential partners (62%), compared to 44% and 50% of non-users, respectively.Meanwhile, 60% of non-users thought that online dating was a more dangerous way of meeting people and 24% deemed people who dated online were desperate, compared to 45% and 16% of online daters, respectively.In particular, the number of American adults who had used an online dating site went from 9% in 2013 to 12% in 2015 while those who used an online dating software application on their mobile phones jumped from 3% to 9% during the same period.This increase was driven mainly by people aged 18 to 24, for whom usage almost tripled.
There is, however, great variation along gender lines.
According to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, people who had used online dating services had a higher opinion of such services than those who had not.
80% of the users said that online dating sites are a good way to meet potential partners, compared to 55% of non-users.
A great diversity of online dating services currently exists (see Comparison of online dating services).
Some have a broad membership base of diverse users looking for many different types of relationships.
Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based.