Middle school online dating
Call it the Tinder effect: in the past two years use of online dating has surged among the youngest U. adults, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. All age-groups either showed an increase in usage of digital dating or else usage rates remaining constant over the past two years.
Rates of online dating have also risen significantly for U. The researcher also said it found that nearly one-in-ten American adults (9 per cent) have used a dating app on their cellphone, up from just 3 per cent who reported doing so back in 2013.
Although Pew also notes that those who have personally used online dating, or know someone who has, tend to have much more positive attitudes to it compared to those with little direct exposure to either online dating or online daters. The most marked jump in digital dating tracked by Pew is among Americans aged 18 to 24 years old.And again for the youngest adults the growth in dating app usage is the most pronounced with a full fifth (22 per cent) of 18- to 24-year-olds now reporting using mobile dating apps — a more than fourfold increase from the 5 per cent who reported using dating apps back in 2013. So what do online daters think of all these digital dating tools just a thumb swipe away?Recently I was driving my 14-year-old son and his friends to soccer practice.In the backseat they were chattering away, and in the front seat, I was the proverbial fly on the wall. “Yeah, they have been hooking up for a while.” Dating? I wondered how they could be talking about these things when they couldn’t even drive a car or pay for the movies.