According to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, 15 percent of American adults have used online dating sites (web-based platforms like Match.com) and/or dating apps (location-based smartphone apps like Tinder).Participation by those 18 to 24 has almost tripled since 2013, and boomer enrollment has doubled.As it turned out, high school-freshman me somehow had extremely good taste.My boyfriend is mature and honest, never picks a fight or raises his voice, and sees men and women as equals.Our survey included many people who at some point had used a dating website or an app, as well as a subset of 9,600 respondents who used them in the past two years.The more recently active group rated specific sites. On the one hand, the numbers indicate that these sites are helping people find mates.We’re both introverted atheists who are cautious with money, and don’t want kids.We make each other laugh, and love spending time together.
But as we explored the possibility of taking on this investigation, we discovered that 20 percent of our subscribers are either divorced or have never married, and might benefit from what we found.
Millions of people use these sites every day to try to find something I already have—a loving long-term relationship—and I wanted to know if they were going about it all wrong. I met my boyfriend on our first day of high school.
I fell hard for him—he was smart and funny, could play multiple musical instruments, and already had a beard—but we didn’t start dating until college.
And he’s still a talented musician with a beard, to boot.
We’ve been together for eight years now, and it's hard to imagine two people more compatible for long-term coupledom.