There are 103 million unmarried adults in the U.S. How many of them do you think are single?
The popularity of online dating sites suggests that figure is in the millions. According toPew Research, one in five adults ages 25-34 have used online dating sites, while 17% of those ages 35-44 and 8% of those ages 45-54 have also tried them.
"Traditional online dating sites 15 years ago were for...the socially challenged, the dating challenged, the shy person, the geek who couldn’t meet people out and about on their own," Julie Spira, an online dating expert and founder of Cyber Dating Expert, says. "Now it's become mainstream for everyone.
Spira is a champion of online dating. Those who still stigmatize the industry just have to get a new perspective, she says.
"You may find the most compatible person [who] could live two miles down the street from you."
But how do you even know where to start? And what if you're just looking for something casual? Luckily for you, there's a dating site (and app) for everything in between.
With Spira's help, we narrowed down which sites and apps users should check out. We created a scale, from most likely to land you a relationship, to least likely. If you want to get married, casually date or simply hook up, take a look below.
Tags: APPS AND SOFTWARE, GRINDR, INTERNET, LIFESTYLE, ONLINE DATING, ROMANCE