Overall: Some key demographic dimensions of each group are shown in the table below: In general, those with college degrees and higher levels of household income are significantly more likely to be married than those with high school diplomas and those living in households with more modest levels of income.
African-Americans and English-speaking Hispanics are more likely than whites never to have married.
Most young singles in America do not describe themselves as actively looking for romantic partners.
Even those who are seeking relationships are not dating frequently.
This is especially true for women, for those who have been widowed or divorced, and for older singles.
That group represents 7% of the entire adult population.Among internet users, how the married and the committed met each other.In our sample of internet users, we found that those who are in serious long-term relationships or marriage are equally as likely to have met through friends or in a work or school setting.About half (49%) had been on no more than one date in the previous three months.These findings emerge from a national survey conducted last fall by the Pew Internet & American Life Project looking at the place of online dating in the larger picture of relationships in America.By the same token, substantially more urbanites who are looking for dates (58%) find it easy to meet people in their communities than do suburbanites and rural residents.Whatever the reasons, few of today’s seeking singles describe themselves as active on the dating scene.At first glance, the survey results suggest ample targets for Cupid among American adults.The table below shows that while the majority of American adults (56% or 113 million people) are not in the dating market (they are married or living as married), the number of potential romance-seekers is still huge.Perhaps more surprisingly, single men said they had been less active daters than single women. Despite the challenges of finding a mate, a majority of American adults have found marriage partners or long-term relationships.And two-thirds (68%) of those in marriages or in households living as married said they had been in those relationships for longer than five years.