When we first studied online dating habits in 2005, most Americans had little exposure to online dating or to the people who used it, and they tended to view it as a subpar way of meeting people.

Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.

5% of Americans who are in a marriage or committed relationship say they met their significant other online.

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That is a substantial increase from the 43% of online daters who had actually progressed to the date stage when we first asked this question in 2005.

But it still means that one-third of online daters have not yet met up in real life with someone they initially found on an online dating site.

To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.

Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.

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Some 22% of online daters have asked someone to help them create or review their profile.