Dating services industry information

16 May

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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.

The field is already crowded, with almost 3,900 companies running dating sites, according to a report last fall from business research firm IBISWorld.

The report projects the industry to add about a hundred companies per year over the next four years.

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

The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.