Late December through Valentine's Day is the busiest time of the year for dating apps and sites, according to Match. Hanna Barczyk for NPR hide caption. It's sometimes called "cuffing season" — a nod to the idea that people want to find a serious relationship during the cold months.
According to a Pew study conducted inits most recent look at online dating, 59 percent of American adults say going online is a good way meet people — a 15 percent increase from a decade ago. In fact, in15 percent of American adults used a dating app or website — a number that has likely increased in the years since the study.
Clearly, Americans' attitudes have changed about online dating. But how has online dating changed the connections we make? To find out, Morning Edition asked two online daters who also spend their days thinking about online dating: Megan Murray, a senior content strategist for Zoosk, an online dating site and mobile app, and Skyler Wang, a Ph.
Wang also taught an undergraduate course at the University of British Columbia called What Makes Us Click, about online dating and he gave NPR permission to use his course title for Morning Edition 's series on online dating. What was once taboo and unusual is so commonplace that for some, it's strange to meet a date in person before making any online connection.
Wang, who identifies as gay, says before he and his friends go out to a bar, his friends go on dating apps Tinder and Grindr to meet people at the bars where they're headed.
Online dating when is it a relationship have made online dating more accessible; from tothe number of American adults that have used a dating app has tripled. And as Americans try new ways to connect, the norms of dating are evolving.