Forming a friendship with someone, therefore, is an important part if life.Some find it very easy to make friends, others have more difficulty.

The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.

Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.

One-in-five online daters have asked someone else to help them with their profile.

Many online daters enlist their friends in an effort to put their best digital foot forward.

If you haven’t found quite what you’re looking for on an online dating site, you aren’t alone.

Two thirds of online daters—66%—tell us that they have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or dating app.

And it is not always convenient in the natural course of things to get to know someone sufficiently to form that special bond.

There is a good way, however, to meet other singles, and that is by way of online dating, with more people than ever turning to such sites to find their soul mate.

Today, 12% of 55- to 64-year-olds report ever using an online dating site or mobile dating app versus only 6% in 2013.

One factor behind the substantial growth among younger adults is their use of mobile dating apps.

Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.