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Today 27% of these young adults report that they have done so, up from just 10% in early 2013.
Meanwhile, the share of 55- to 64-year-olds who use online dating has doubled over the same time period (from 6% in 2013 to 12% in 2015).
These young adults are now more likely than any other age group to use mobile dating apps.
Although 15% of Americans have used online dating themselves, a larger share report that they are familiar with online dating from the experiences of people they know.
“All kinds of people are doing it,” says Caploe, 54, a publisher who lives in New York City.
In fact, people over 50 are one of the fastest growing segments.
“It’s a product of the growing normalcy of using social media apps,” says Moira Weigel, author of “Labor of Love: The Invention of Online Dating” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016).
Twenty-two percent reported using mobile dating apps, which may be good news for services such as Tinder, Hinge and Bumble.
Pew conducted this survey of 2,001 adults between June 10 and July 12, 2015.