Some 42% of Americans know someone who has used online dating, up from 31% in 2005.
And 29% of Americans now know someone who met a spouse or other long-term partner through online dating, up from just 15% in 2005.
In general, online daters themselves give the experience high marks.
Some 79% of online daters agree that online dating is a good way to meet people, and 70% of them agree that it helps people find a better romantic match because they have access to a wide range of potential partners.
Compared with eight years ago, online daters in 2013 are more likely to actually go out on dates with the people they meet on these sites.
That is statistically similar to the 17% of online daters who said that this had happened to them when we first asked this question in 2005.Typical cyberstalking behavior may include monitoring, false accusations, cyber bullying, gathering information for harassment, threats, damaging data, equipment and other sensitive information, ordering goods and services on behalf of victim and even claiming that the victim is harassing them.It is a type of mental assault on the victim that is premeditated and malicious with the sole purpose of distressing the victim.Even today, online dating is not universally seen as a positive activity—a significant minority of the public views online dating skeptically.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.Cyberstalking is a legally recognized crime in almost every country now and several countries have special laws for cyberstalking cases.However, even if your country does not have a special cyberstalking law, if you are a victim, you must contact the police immediately for help.Typically, stalking may include harassing and intimidating the victim and general obsessive behavior.Cases of stalking are rare in the world of online dating but nevertheless, before you arrange a meeting with an online date, make sure you know them well enough and read our tips for staying safe when meeting someone for the first time. When an individual or a group uses the internet and other electronic means to harass another individual, a group or an organization, it is known as cyberstalking.Yet even some online daters view the process itself and the individuals they encounter on these sites somewhat negatively.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.