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Safety was, however, the exception, with 53% of women and only 38% of men expressing concern.
There is, however, great variation along gender lines.
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.
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.
About one in five, especially women, at 30%, compared to 16% for men, asked for help with their online profile.
Opinions and usage of online dating services also differ widely.
A 2005 study of data collected by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that individuals are more likely to use an online dating service if they use the Internet for a greater number of tasks, and less likely to use such a service if they are trusting of others.
In particular, the number of American adults who had used an online dating site went from 9% in 2013 to 12% in 2015 while those who used an online dating software application on their mobile phones jumped from 3% to 9% during the same period.
This increase was driven mainly by people aged 18 to 24, for whom usage almost tripled.
Under this metaphor, members of a given service can both "shop" for potential relationship partners and "sell" themselves in hopes of finding a successful match.