About half (49%) had been on no more than one date in the previous three months.
These findings emerge from a national survey conducted last fall by the Pew Internet & American Life Project looking at the place of online dating in the larger picture of relationships in America.
Still, bars remain a relatively popular place for long-term relationships to begin.
Here is a rundown from the survey of how the internet users in marriages or long-term relationships first encountered each other.
While a sizable segment of the population is single, about a quarter of unmarried Americans (26% or about 23 million adults) say they are in committed romantic relationships.
Single men are more likely than single women to report being so situated.
Perhaps not surprisingly, finding suitable partners is easier in urban areas than in suburban areas, and far easier than in rural areas.
These data generally align with findings from a 50,000-household survey conducted by the U. Marriage rates then receded as the ranks of both the widowed and the never-married increased.Only 16% of single Americans say they are hunting for a partner.That group represents 7% of the entire adult population.Perhaps more surprisingly, single men said they had been less active daters than single women. Despite the challenges of finding a mate, a majority of American adults have found marriage partners or long-term relationships.And two-thirds (68%) of those in marriages or in households living as married said they had been in those relationships for longer than five years.
Yet among the uncommitted, relatively few say they are in the market for relationships.