Some 22% of 25-34 year olds and 17% of 35-44 year olds are online daters.

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Only 15 percent of respondents said they have ever tried dating online.

And before you ask if everyone was over the age of 50 or something: In a word, no.

That strikes me as deeply bizarre, since every single single person I know has tried or is actively trying online dating. Though the people dating online may be "desperate" to some, 59 percent of survey respondents think that online dating is "a good way to meet people." No word on whether any of the haters who called online dating "desperate" happen to overlap with those who see the Internet as a fertile breeding ground for meeting someone, but here's guessing that the answer to that is no.

In 2005, only 44 percent thought online dating was a good way to find someone, so this view has changed more than the "desperate" thing in the past 11 years — but still not that much.

At the same time, public attitudes towards online dating have grown more positive in the last eight years: Additionally, 32% of internet users agree with the statement that “online dating keeps people from settling down because they always have options for people to date.” This is the first time we have asked this question.

In general, online daters themselves give the experience high marks.Around one in ten online daters (13%) agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate,” and 29% agree that online dating “keeps people from settling down because they always have options for people to date.” Familiarity with online dating through usage by friends or family members has increased dramatically since our last survey of online dating in 2005.Some 42% of Americans know someone who has used online dating, up from 31% in 2005.General public attitudes towards online dating have become much more positive in recent years, and social networking sites are now playing a prominent role when it comes to navigating and documenting romantic relationships.These are among the key findings of a national survey of dating and relationships in the digital era, the first dedicated study of this subject by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project since 2005.Check out our new podcast, I Want It That Way, which delves into the difficult and downright dirty parts of a relationship, and find more on our Soundcloud page.