I remember experiencing the same conflicting feelings a few years ago while I was in a relationship with my boyfriend (now ex! He had to travel to conduct his research for a year and a half, and there I was, all alone and waiting for him to return.
And incidentally, I met another guy whom I really liked. A month later, I was madly in love with this new guy I had met.
The question nagged at me—not least because of my own experiences watching promising relationships peter out over text message—so I set out on a mission.
Self-esteem doesn’t come from blowing kisses to your reflection in the mirror or repeating “I love myself” over and over.
It takes time and it takes work and it isn’t always easy.
We refer to these individuals throughout this report as “online daters,” and we define them in the following way: Taken together, 11% of all American adults have done one or both of these activities and are classified as “online daters.” In terms of demographics, online dating is most common among Americans in their mid-20’s through mid-40’s.
Some 22% of 25-34 year olds and 17% of 35-44 year olds are online daters.
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.