Another 12% have friended or followed someone on a social networking site because one of their friends suggested they could be a good romantic match.These social media users who are looking for love are particularly likely to be young.Some 41% of users with recent dating experience between the ages of 18 and 29 have used sites like Twitter or Facebook to get more information on a potential date. At that point, 15% of social media users with recent dating experience say they have used social networking sites to ask someone out.An additional 18% have friended or followed someone from a friend’s recommendation. Over a quarter (27%) of social media users have unfriended or blocked someone who was flirting with them in a way that made them feel uncomfortable. Men in this group are somewhat more likely than women to have done this (19% vs. Some 17% of social media users have posted pictures or other details of a date on social networking sites.Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.
To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.
Digital tools have added a host of new dimensions to dating, whether it be the first flirty message or making it “Facebook official.” Today, six out of every ten American adults use social networking sites, which are bringing new tone and texture to dating.
Among social networking site users with recent dating experience (whom we define as those who are single and looking or who have been in a relationship for 10 years or less), 30% have used social media to find out more information about someone they were interested in dating.
Twitter doesn’t bill itself as a dating service or even a place to meet people.
Since its founding in 2006, however, it has emerged as an unlikely matchmaker for singles who share highly specific interests, made searchable using hashtags.