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Today, 15% of Americans say they have ever used an online dating site or mobile dating app – and one of the largest groups using online dating are Americans who have never been married. But it is not just never-married Millennials who are using online dating: 31% of never-married adults ages 35 and older have used an online dating site or mobile app, similar to the share (29%) of never-married 18- to 34-year-olds who have done so.Many singles believe that a wider array of behaviors are appropriate when hanging out than when on an official first date, including: Friends with Benefits: 55% of singles have had a Friends with Benefits relationship and 45% have had one turn into a committed relationship.However only 19% actively seek out Friends with Benefits relationships (27% of men and 12% of women), and 88% of women and 73% of men say "it just happens." Most are friends first, before the benefits (71% of men and 80% of women). 44% of singles went on a first date in 2017 and today, there's new significance placed on this occasion.Courtship is expanding--and all these tactics are proving successful for launching love. Three paths to romance: Today's singles are looking for something serious (69%) and they have an array of ways to get there.Moreover, the first date is taking on important new significance: where it used to be just a casual look-see, now the first date often signals the official beginning of a romance. 1) 40% build the friendship first, known as hanging out, where they skip the sex and haven't gone out on an official first date.And many singles pursue a combination of all three strategies at one time or another.
Hanging Out: "Hanging out" has become a new path to find companionship and 29% of singles who have been hanging out with someone has had that relationship turn serious.
Coping with Different Views: In 2017, the largest percent of singles (45%) said they would try to understand the other's perspective; 26% of singles changed the subject; or politely told their date they didn't agree (41%). Don't Ask, Do Tell: 54% of singles think the current political climate makes it more important to find out about a potential partner's overall political views.
But when it comes to the first date, less than a quarter (23%) are willing to ask.
One in four singles would have sex with a robot, yet nearly half of singles would consider it cheating if their partner had sex with a robot.
THE TRUMP EFFECT Love Trumps Politics: Even in this intensely-charged political climate, singles put love first.
Indeed, an increasing number of Americans of all ages have never tied the knot.