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Still others have speculated that the rise of online dating has encouraged young adults, especially men, to forego marriage because they can always find women to date and that lowers their interest in committing to long term relationships.
The report that follows is based on survey data from the Pew Research Center’s second national telephone survey of online dating.
Others take on a more active matchmaking role, in which computer algorithms select pre-screened matches for users based on various criteria (e Harmony is the most well-known of these “algorithmic” matching services).
More recently, a third model has emerged in the form of cell phone dating apps.
Chapter Two looks more broadly at the online dating environment, and updates certain key trends from our 2005 study—such as how many relationships begin online, or how many people have flirted with someone online.
And Chapter Three examines how people are using social networking sites and cell phones to navigate the world of dating and relationships.
Other research has indicated that the efficiency of online dating and the size of the potential dating pool compared with traditional methods make the process especially useful for people (such as gays and lesbians, or middle aged heterosexuals) who may have limited options for meeting people within their immediate geographic area or social circle.
Some 61% of men and women who have never married say they would like to get married eventually, while just 12% say they definitely do not want to marry.