Dating sites in the usa in 2016

SOURCE: Consumer Reports "It's clear that online dating websites play a major role in the lives of many consumers — we invest a tremendous amount of time, money and emotional energy.It really is a consumer issue worthy of our attention." said Margot Gilman, money editor for Consumer Reports.

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.

Since its inception, the idea of 'dating' has changed quite a bit.

Dating used to consist of first dates that ended with marriage proposals, or families making marriage deals between their children.

"Unlike shopping for a bank or a refrigerator, in the case of online dating, the refrigerator has to like you back," Gilman said.

"There is a different level of exposure to disappointment and that's captured in the poor overall scores." Once considered taboo, online dating is now a socially accepted and booming multibillion dollar business that continues to grow.In a quick succession, most of the dating websites we know today registered their official domains.2004 is the year the social networking service Facebook was invented by Mark Zuckerberg in his Harvard University dorm room.Overall, respondents preferred free sites like Ok Cupid, Tinder and Grindr over paid sites like Match and e Harmony, in part because of the value.The now infamous infidelity dating site Ashley Madison, which was one of the most expensive, was also the lowest-scoring online dating service, with a score of 37.Though it wasn’t started as an online dating service, it has largely impacted how we connect and date using the Internet.

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