Pew performed a similar poll in 2005, back when there was no such thing as Tinder or Happn, and people's view have certainly shifted in the past 11 years. Here's what Pew found about dating circa now: In 2005, 29 percent of those polled agreed with the statement, "People who use online dating sites are desperate." Today, 23 percent still agree with that statement.Sure, that number has decreased 6 percent, but in the grand scheme, 6 percent really isn't that much — which means that, for the most part, attitudes toward dating online haven't changed over the course of the last 11 years.The majority of the surveys, studies, and reports evaluating online dating sites’ efficacy are paid for by the companies themselves, leading to some possibility for biased results.
Experts say online dating sites see a huge traffic increase between Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
Though those in the 18 to 24 age range reported slightly higher numbers — 27 percent said they'd tried apps or sites — pretty much everyone across the board said they hadn't tried online dating.
I guess they didn't just poll people in New York, then.
This is a change from 2005 — back then, only 43 percent who had tried a dating site had gone out and met one of those potential mates at a coffee shop or whatever — but it's still pretty low.
Guess there are still a lot of trolls on the Internet, even on dating apps. Want more of Bustle's Sex and Relationships coverage?