Legitimate adult dating sites
Some sites are completely free and depend on advertising for revenue.
Others utilize the freemium revenue model, offering free registration and use, with optional, paid, premium services.
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.
Most services offer digital messaging, while others provide additional services such as webcasts, online chat, telephone chat (VOIP), and message boards.
Members can constrain their interactions to the online space, or they can arrange a date to meet in person.
Most services also encourage members to add photos or videos to their profile.
About one in five, especially women, at 30%, compared to 16% for men, asked for help with their online profile.
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.
Safety was, however, the exception, with 53% of women and only 38% of men expressing concern.
There is, however, great variation along gender lines.