Nevertheless, a similar number of online daters (31%) and non-users (32%) agreed that online dating kept people from settling down.
In all, there was little difference among the sexes with regards to their opinions on online dating.
Most services offer digital messaging, while others provide additional services such as webcasts, online chat, telephone chat (VOIP), and message boards.
Members can constrain their interactions to the online space, or they can arrange a date to meet in person.
Some sites are completely free and depend on advertising for revenue.
Although only a negligible number of people dated online in 2005, that rose to 11% in 2013 and then 15% in 2015.
Other sites target highly specific demographics based on features like shared interests, location, religion, sexual orientation or relationship type.
Online dating services also differ widely in their revenue streams.
Most services also encourage members to add photos or videos to their profile.
Once a profile has been created, members can view the profiles of other members of the service, using the visible profile information to decide whether or not to initiate contact.