Women were much more likely than men to have these experiences, 42% compared to 17%.
27% of all social networking site users said they had unfriended or blocked someone who was flirting in a way that made them feel uncomfortable.
There is a very specific, strategic, seven-word question that the world seems to have agreed is the politically correct way to approach the topic.
It is always said in the most casual tone anyone can muster.
Though meeting romantic partners over the Internet is becoming increasingly mainstream, the vast majority of people who are married or in a long-term relationship met their partners offline.
Only 5% of Pew’s respondents said they met their partner online.
Once people do find someone they click with, they are eager to share the good news with everyone they know.
17% of respondents said they had posted details from a date, but 18 to 29 year olds are especially keen to broadcast their romances online–31% had shared photos and details of their dates online.
That is more than double the 13% of people who said they researched their dates online back in 2005.Of course, Internet romance doesn’t just take place on dating sites or apps.15% of people on a social networking platform (such as Twitter or Facebook) who had dated within the last 10 years said they had asked someone out using the site.This includes 21% of Internet users aged 45 to 54 and 15% aged 55 to 64.Despite the extra stalking opportunities presented by having access to your ex’s profile, 22% of respondents said they eventually unfriended or blocked someone they were once in a relationship with.Some of the naysayers, however, are the same people logged onto online sites and apps.About one in 10 of online daters said they think dating site users are “desperate” (though the survey didn’t indicate if they were referring to themselves or just their lackluster prospects on those sites).The study also found, however, that many people don’t believe that the goal of Internet dating is to find a long-term partner.32% of people agreed that “online dating keeps people from settling down because they always have options for people to date,” but Pew’s survey didn’t indicate if they thought that was a good or bad thing.One in 10 Americans have used a dating site or app, including 38% of people who currently describe themselves as “single and looking,” according to Pew Research Center’s first survey on online dating since 2005.Pew found that over the last eight years, the number of people who went on a date with someone they met online grew to 66%, a significant increase from 43% in 2005.