From 1976 to 2011, the number of religious young adults has reduced by over half.About 26% of all young adults in 2011 claimed to have no religion, a rise from 12% in 1976.It is the second most common way of starting a relationship, according to a study by psychologists at the University of Rochester in the US.
The recent trends in online dating have also been fuelled by changes to the wider social context which includes a rising consumer culture alongside greater personal independence.
This has left people with less time, space and access to conventional forms of dating.
Consumers of internet dating services were long ago labelled as desperate and even social failures.
Today, people from all sorts of backgrounds and across all ages are looking at online dating as an acceptable and even reliable option for finding their partners.
Results Are Matching Up With Traditional Dating A 2012 study by the University of Stanford revealed that the strength and quality of relationships initiated online were at par with results from conventional dating.
Although the internet has made it easier for people to secure casual encounters, people who are after committed relationships are managing to find them online.
Generally, prospective members are required to give personal details like age, location, interests, and hobbies before they can start browsing profiles of potential partners.
On most platforms, users can upload and check other users’ photos.
There are hundreds of categories based on characteristics such as financial status, race, cultural background, body weight, sexual orientation, etc.
Some categories are based on interests such as sports, music, vegetarianism, and veganism.
This increased dependence on the internet has resulted in more people using online services which also includes dating sites.