Even those who are seeking relationships are not dating frequently. The survey found that dating in America is, indeed, affected by online matchmaking activity. But in analyzing our findings, we discovered another story: Large numbers of single Americans are not actively looking for relationships and even significant numbers of those looking for partners are not that active on the dating scene. At first glance, the survey results suggest ample targets for Cupid among American adults.
These data generally align with findings from a 50,household survey conducted by the U. Census Bureau in Census data show fairly consistent patterns throughout the first half of the 20th century with a swing towards marriage in the s and s.
Marriage rates then receded as the ranks of both the widowed and the never-married increased. Single men are more likely than single women to report being so situated.
Yet among the uncommitted, relatively few say they are in the market for relationships. This is especially true for women, for those who have been widowed or divorced, and for older singles. Yet even among the youngest adults, the zest for romance is somewhat muted: The rest say they are in committed relationships.
Most relationship-seeking singles say it is difficult to meet people in their towns. No doubt many reasons underlie the relatively small size of the active dating population.
Perhaps not surprisingly, finding suitable partners is easier in urban areas than in suburban areas, and far easier than in rural areas. Asked how many dates they had been on in the past three months, singles who said they were in the dating market reported the following: The subpopulation of dating singles in our survey sample is too small to produce highly reliable demographic breakdowns on this dating question.
But in our modest sample, urban residents were more likely to be active daters than were suburbanites or rural residents. Perhaps more surprisingly, single men said they had been less active daters than single women. Despite the challenges of finding a mate, a majority of American adults have found marriage partners or long-term relationships. Some key demographic dimensions of each group are shown in the table below: In general, those with college degrees and higher levels of household income are significantly more likely to be married than those with high school diplomas and those living in households with more modest levels of income.
African-Americans and English-speaking Hispanics are more likely than whites never to have married. Among internet users, how the married and the committed met each other.
In our sample of internet users, we found that those who are in serious long-term relationships or marriage are equally as likely to have met through friends or in a work or school setting. Still, bars remain a relatively popular place for long-term relationships to begin. Here is a rundown from the survey of how the internet users in marriages or long-term relationships first encountered each other.
The remainder cited a variety of other ways they met, such as growing up together. While the survey provides no direct evidence that the internet can take credit for the higher rates of wedlock among its users, it does show that internet date-seeking has become increasingly popular. A detailed look at online dating is now available at: Further table developed by Mary Madden in response to queries about this data.
The most recent data on marriage and divorce published by the U. Census Bureau can be found at: