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.
Nevertheless, a similar number of online daters (31%) and non-users (32%) agreed that online dating kept people from settling down.
In all, there was little difference among the sexes with regards to their opinions on online dating.
Members can constrain their interactions to the online space, or they can arrange a date to meet in person.Opinions and usage of online dating services also differ widely.A 2005 study of data collected by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that individuals are more likely to use an online dating service if they use the Internet for a greater number of tasks, and less likely to use such a service if they are trusting of others.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.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.Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based.Online dating services allow users to become "members" by creating a profile and uploading personal information including (but not limited to) age, gender, sexual orientation, location, and appearance.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.