Online dating and networking sites

16 Jan

Online community services are sometimes considered a social network service, though in a broader sense, social network service usually means an individual-centered service whereas online community services are group-centered.

Social networking sites allow users to share ideas, digital photos and videos, posts, and inform others about online or real world activities and events with people in their network.

While in-person social networking, such as gathering in a village market to talk about events has existed since the earliest developments of towns, the Web enables people to connect with others who live in different locations, ranging from across a city to across the world.

Depending on the social media platform, members may be able to contact any other member.

The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who report having used online dating has nearly tripled in the last two years.

Today 27% of these young adults report that they have done so, up from just 10% in early 2013.

These young adults are now more likely than any other age group to use mobile dating apps.

Throughout human history, people have sought assistance from others in meeting romantic partners – and Americans today are increasingly looking for love online by enlisting the services of online dating sites and a new generation of mobile dating apps.

A national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted June 10-July 12, 2015, among 2,001 adults, finds that: This growth has been especially pronounced for two groups who have historically not used online dating at particularly high levels – the youngest adults, as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.

For the social science theoretical concept of relationships between people, see Social network.

For a list of services, see List of social networking websites.