Online dating (or Internet dating) is a system that enables people to find and introduce themselves to new personal connections over the Internet, usually with the goal of developing personal, romantic, or sexual relationships.An online dating service is a company that provides specific mechanisms (generally websites or applications) for online dating through the use of Internet-connected personal computers or mobile devices.Nevertheless, a similar number of online daters (31%) and non-users (32%) agreed that online dating kept people from settling down.
80% of the users said that online dating sites are a good way to meet potential partners, compared to 55% of non-users.
A great diversity of online dating services currently exists (see Comparison of online dating services).
Some have a broad membership base of diverse users looking for many different types of relationships.
Only five out of a hundred said they were married to or in a committed long-term relationship with someone they met online.
For comparison, 88% of Americans who were with their current spouse or partner for no more than five years said their met their mates offline.