One in every ten American adults has used an online dating site or a mobile dating app.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."I had to go to Kinko's and scan in a picture of myself for my profile." Soon after that, she was on a date."I met this guy for drinks, and everything was going fine.I have a tendency to mess with my hair when I get nervous, so I start running my hands through it.An hour or so into the date, he looks me straight in the eyes and says: ' You have got to stop touching your hair because it's driving me crazy.
In 2000, Brenda Allison graduated from law school and moved to Chicago.The slightly shameful stigma attached to meeting a man on the Internet may be gone, but does online dating work?In an age when even Martha Stewart has admitted to creating a profile, Kerry Diamond and Emily Holt share their own real-life and online experiences—and sound off on the digital dating divide."I didn't know how I was going to meet someone, especially when with what little free time I had I wanted to spend it with my friends." Heeding advice from friends living in New York City, Allison turned to the Internet."There weren't a lot of people using the Internet to date back then," she says.