Thanks to websites like e Harmony and Match.com, along with younger, more mobile-friendly adaptations, singles can now fish from the widest pool of potential mates our species has ever known.
Despite the wealth of digital tools that allow people to search for potential partners, and even as one-in-ten Americans are now using one of the many online dating platforms, the vast majority of relationships still begin offline.
Even among Americans who have been with their spouse or partner for five years or less, fully 88% say that they met their partner offline–without the help of a dating site.
Women are especially likely to enlist a friend in helping them craft the perfect profile—30% of female online daters have done this, compared with 16% of men.
5% of Americans who are in a marriage or committed relationship say they met their significant other online.
Indeed, according to a national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2013, as many as one in ten Americans have used a mobile dating app or website.