Younger adults are particularly likely to have done both of these activities compared with older adults.Some 48% of SNS users ages 18-29 have used these sites to check up on someone they dated in the past, and 31% have posted details or pictures from a date.11%) but otherwise this behavior is relatively consistent across demographic groups.Dating and relationships can produce negative or distressing consequences: Flirting can become uncomfortable, or relationships themselves can end and necessitate a cutting off of contact between parties.Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions.
Some 41% of SNS users with recent dating experience in the 18-29 age group have used a social networking site to get more information about a potential partner (compared with 24% of those ages 30-49), and 18% have followed or friended someone specifically because someone suggested they might like to date that person (double the 9% of 30-49 year olds who have done so).
Nearly one third (30%) of SNS users with recent dating experience have used a social networking site to get more information about someone they were interested in dating.
Social networking sites also offer an additional venue for meeting or being introduced to “friends of friends.” Some 12% of SNS users with recent dating experience have friended or followed someone on a social networking site specifically because one of their friends suggested they might want to date that person.
But younger adults are significantly more likely than those in their thirties and forties—by a 47% to 33% margin—to have asked someone out via text message.
Interestingly, men and women are equally likely to have asked someone out via text message, but men are much more likely to have done so via voice call.