Online Dating Statistics – Data Analysis of Dating Apps, Survey Results & Trends

By Benjamin Jorgensen / September 13, 2022

This is the first mapping of Global online dating statistics. The analysis covers 53,371 survey results, more than 120 thousand dating app data points and historic survey data data back to 1995 where the first modern online dating site, Match.com, saw the day of light*. Collectively, this is by far the largest study of online dating in history. 

*Actually a site named Kiss.com started in 1994, but never really got any traction as a dating site, and has since all but been erased from history.

Key Statistics

  • 67.7% have at some point tried an online dating service.
  • 42% of couples in 2022 have met through online dating.
  • In 2021 there were 323 million active dating users worldwide, and is expected to reach 500 million by 2030.
  • 21 million online dating profiles are hacked and leaked on average each year.
  • Tinder’s annual revenue is larger than the total revenue of the entire US online dating market ($1.9B).
  • 71% of all homosexual couples found each other online.
  • 27% of men are looking for something sexual on dating platforms (13% for women) and 73% of men are looking for something romantic (87% for women).
  • 19% of online daters have never met anyone in person.
  • $6.2B in revenue was generated by online dating in 2021.
  • The online dating industry is projected to turnover $12.7B by 2030.
  • Covid-19 resulted in a 175% increase in annual revenue from online dating (2019-2022).
  • The online dating market in the US alone is worth $1.64 billion annually.
  • 34.6% of Americans are currently on a dating platform.
  • German online dating users spend the most on average ($31 per user).
  • The largest dating app, Chinese Tantan, has 4.5 times more users (361.3 million) compared to Tinder (81.1 million).
  • Tinder is the worlds most profitable dating app turning over $1.89 billion last year, earning an average of $23 per user with more than 51% of users paying to use the app.
  • Match Group is the largest online dating conglomerate (owning Tinder, Match.com, OkCupid, and more) with annual revenue of $3.2 billion, and profits of $820 million.
  • More than 2 million Americans report being catfished each year.
  • An estimated 10% of all dating profiles are fake.
  • Romance scams centered around online dating services account for $304 million in annual loses for Americans.
  • 72% of online dating users have blocked someone in the past six months.
  • 21 million online dating profiles are hacked and leaked each year.

User data

In this section we will cover all the findings on a “user” level, such as demographic differences, sexuality, dating and meetups, marriages, and much more. Let’s start off with the basics:

How many use, have tried or find online dating interesting?

  • 29.3% are currently on a dating site or app.
  • 37.4% have formerly been on a dating site or app.
  • 32.3% have never used.
  • 1.0% did not want to answer.
  • Of the 32.3% that have never used a dating site or app 31.3% have “thought about it”
  • In total only 22.9% have never used or thought about using an online dating service.

How couples met

With a growing use of online dating platforms comes a growing number of couples, that have met through online dating.

  • An estimated 42% of couples in 2022 have met through online dating.
Please note that categories are not mutually exclusive, which is why the aggregate percentage does not sum to 100.

We suspected, that genders, sexuality and age would have a big impact on if people met online or not.

However, we were surprised to find this big of a difference.

For example, when we asked people only to choose one reason they met as the one that primary reason, and compared that to their current age the results show the same trends as before, but also reveal som interesting perspectives:

  • 42% of couples in 2022 have met online.
  • More than 65% of couples under 30 have met online.
  • It is most common for couples over 60 to have met through family.
  • Couples in their 30’s are the most likely age group to have met in bars or restaurants.
  • Couples in their 50’s are the age group that are most likely to have met their partner in school.

By age

By sexuality

However, we also found, that when we isolated the numbers, so that they only took into account homosexual couples the online dating scene was much larger and became popular faster.

  • 71% of all homosexual couples found each other online.
  • More than 93% of homosexual couples under 30 have found each other through online dating.
  • Homosexual couples are 69% more likely to have met online compared to all other couples.

Matches, Goals, and interests

First of, we looked into why people reported to use online dating, and what reasoning they had for meeting people.

For example, if we have a look at if online daters are looking for something romantic versus something sexual.

Why do people use online dating and meet?

  • 80% of people on online dating platforms are looking for something romantic, while 20% are looking for something sexual.
  • 27% of men are looking for something sexual on dating platforms and 73% are looking for something romantic.
  • 87% of women are looking for something romanting on dating platforms, and 13% are looking for something sexual.
  • 18-29 year olds are the most likely age group to look for friendships on online dating platforms (19%).
  • The older you get, the more likely you are to primarily look for something long-term on dating platforms – 36% of +55 year olds look for something romantic compared to just 22% of 18-29 year olds.
ReasonTotal% of Men% of Women|18-29 years30-44 years45-54 years55-64 years
A long-term romance30%30%29%|22%33%31%36%
To go on 1+ date(s)40%34%47%|35%40%50%39%
Friendship12%12%13%|19%11%4%9%
To Hookup18%24%11%|24%17%14%15%
Looking for romance80%73%87%|70%81%85%84%
Looking for sexual20%27%13%|30%19%15%16%

How many meet? And how many do they chat with?

  • 19% of online daters have never met anyone in person.
  • 8% of online daters have not been in contact with anyone on the platform.
  • 17% of men report that they never met anyone from online dating, while 24% of women report not meeting anyone.

Preferences on dating apps

Obviously, preferences will likely differ between different online daters and especially on the fast growing and popular dating apps. So we asked respondents to give an answer to what they prefer:

  • 61% use dating apps to find people with common interest.
  • 44% use dating apps to find people who share their values.
  • 42% use dating apps to find someone to marry.
  • 26% use dating apps to find people to meet for fun.
  • 21% report to use dating apps due to having a tight schedule.

Online Dating Industry and Market Statistics

In this section we will cover all the data related to revenue, market share, profits, growth, and trends within the online dating industry.

With access to survey data and online platform user data the following estimates and predictions are the most precise to date.

Worldwide online dating users

  • In 2021 there were 323 million active dating users worldwide.
  • The number of worldwide dating have grown to 331 million users in mid-2022 and is expected to reach 343.9 million.
  • The number of worldwide dating users is expected to reach over 500 million by 2030 with a +5% yearly growth.

Online dating revenue worldwide

  • The online dating industry is projected to turnover $12.7B by 2030.
  • $6.2B in revenue was generated by online dating in 2021.
  • Up until 2010, revenue generated through websites was higher than on Mobile Apps
  • Covid-19 resulted in a 175% increase in annual revenue from online dating (2019-2022).

Covid-19 caused a bigger spike in expenditure per user compared to the average. :

  • A online dating user spends on average $10 per year on online dating platforms.
  • During Covid-19 the average spending per user increased to $19 per year (from $10).
  • Therefore, the main benefactor towards the incredible revenue growth inthe online dating market can be attributed to the average spend per user increasing +90%
YearApp (Revenue, $million)Website (Revenue, $million)Total (Revenue, $million)
200104242
200209292
20030163163
20040188188
20050192193
20060249250
20073277280
200832285317
2009107295402
2010268305573
2011537326863
20128943651259
201311184121530
201412423451587
201513803881768
201614603631823
201717503232073
201822803132593
201925703012871
202038203114131
202159102996209
*202270923157407
*202381563238479
*202489713289299
*202595993339932
*20261017535410529
*20271068436411048
*20281121837311591
*20291177936512144
*20301236837712745

Market share per country

We had a look at the age group (18-60) by countries and found that:

  • The US is the most active country when it comes to online dating with 34.6% of 18-60 year olds currently on a dating platform, while 72.4% have at one point tried (or is trying) it.

Top 5 Countries by Penetration

In each parenthises we listed: (+ %-have been on, = %-who at one point have tried or is currently on a dating platform)

  1. United States – 34.6% currently on a dating platform (+ 37.8%, = 72.4%)
  2. United Kingdom – 31.4% currently on a dating platform (+ 32.7%, = 64.1%)
  3. Belgium – 31.4% currently on a dating platform (+ 31.3%, = 62.7%)
  4. Netherlands – 30.1% currently on a dating platform (+31.4, = 61.5%)
  5. Luxembourg – 30.1% currently on a dating platform (+29.9, = 60.0%)

Top 5 Countries by Revenue (annually)

  1. United States – $1.64 billion
  2. China – $1.15 billion
  3. India – $387 million
  4. United Kingdom – $369 million
  5. Germany – $303 million
Top 5 Countries by Revenue (annually), Per User
  • United States – $21.2 per user
  • China – $9.1 per user
  • India – $2.3 per user
  • United Kingdom – $29 per user
  • Germany – $31 per user

The Online Dating Market – Competition and market share

With more than 3900 different dating apps and services we set out to pinpoint the biggest by market share by the number of users, revenue, percentage of paying users, growth and much more.

Here is what we found:

Most Users: Top 10 online dating services

  1. Tantan has 361.3 million users
  2. Tinder has 81.1 million users
  3. Badoo has 69.9 million users
  4. Bumble has 44.4 million users
  5. Hinge has 27.3 million users
  6. PoF has 16.1 million users
  7. Grindr has 15.2 million users
  8. Happn has 15.2 million users
  9. Match has 11.7 million users
  10. OkCupid has 6.9 million users

Most Revenue: Top 10 online dating services

  1. Tantan made $53.9 million in revenue last year (~$0.15 per user, China)
  2. Tinder made $1.89 billion in revenue last year (~ $23 per user, worldwide)
  3. Badoo made $58.1 million in revenue last year (~ $1.2 per user, worldwide)
  4. Bumble made $765 million in revenue last year (~ $17.2 per user, worldwide)
  5. Hinge made $197 million in revenue last year (~ $7.2 per user, worldwide)
  6. PoF made $101 million in revenue last year (~ $6.3 per user, worldwide)
  7. Grindr made $147 million in revenue last year (~ $9.7 per user, worldwide)
  8. Happn made $15 Million in revenue last year (~ $1.01 per user, worldwide)
  9. Match.com, N/A (~ XX per user, worldwide)
  10. OkCupid made $29.1 million in revenue last year (~ $4.2 per user, worldwide)

Largest Percentage of Paying customers: Top 10 online dating services

  1. 51% – Tinder
  2. 32% – Bumble
  3. 31% – Match
  4. 28% – eharmony
  5. 24% – OkCupid
  6. 21% – PoF
  7. 20% – Hinge
  8. 17% – Grindr
  9. 15% – Badoo
  10. 15% – Coffee Meets Bagel

Most Monthly Downloads: Top 10 online dating services

  1. 6.4 million – Tinder
  2. 3.3 million – Badoo
  3. 1.8 million – Bumble
  4. 867 thousand – Happn
  5. 554 thousand – Hinge
  6. 448 thousand – OkCupid
  7. 279 thousand – Match
  8. 118 thousand – Inner Circle
  9. 84 thousand – Coffee Meets Bagel
  10. 81 thousand – eharmony

One to rule them all – Match Group LLC

Maybe unknown to most, but in the world of online dating there is a conglomerate that owns almost every successful dating app or website in the world. It started as one of the first dating websites, by the name of Match.com, and has since expanded to:

  • Match Group made $3.20 Billion in revenue last year.
  • Match Group made a profit of $820 million last year.
  • Match Group owns: Tinder, Match.com, Meetic, OkCupid, Hinge, PoF, Pairs, OurTime, Ship, and many more.
  • Match Group on average managed to increase their revenue by +15-25% each year.
  • Match Group owns the highest grossing app worldwide (Tinder).
  • Match Group has 2,540 employees, but have previously had more than 9,100 employees in 2016.

Negative aspects of online dating

On top of looking at statistics related to the general online dating market as well as specific user data and behavior statistis we took a deep dive into the negative consequences of a growing online dating market.

We had a look at everything from scams, catfishing, feelings of safety, frustration, insecurity, hopelessness and lonesomeness to how truthful people are on their dating profiles and how many times they have received inappropriate messages or even how many times they have had to block others.

Truthfulness – Lying on Online Dating Profiles

  • Over 53% of Americans lie on their dating profile
  • 73% think that their friends present inaccurate information or images on their dating profiles.
  • Only 54% of online dating users classify themselves as single.
  • 20% of women used pictures of themselves at a +5 year younger age.
  • 40% of men report to have lied about job or finances.

Catfishing

Catfishing only really became a widespread problem with the development of the online dating market.

And when we looked into the data it showed some interesting catfishing statistics:

  • 2.06 million people report being the victim of catfishing each year in the US.
  • 64% of people who catfish others are women.
  • 1 out of 4 change gender when catfishing.
  • An estimated 10% of all online dating profiles are fake (catfishes).
  • Alaska has the highest number of reported catfishing cases per capita.
  • 83 million profiles on facebook are estimated to be fake.
  • 35% of catfishing victims report significant psychological consequences.
  • Catfishing is often the center for money-scams and have caused an estimated $304 million in losses.
  • An estimated 35% of catfish use the scam for profit, while the rest report differing reasons; confidence, loneliness, love, excitement, and revenge.
  • 20% of men who have been catfished admitted that they were tricked more than five times before.

Security – Feared for safety while online dating

When asking online daters about how secure and safe they feel while online dating we were taken aback by the answers.

  • 70% of people reported to have worried about their safety while using an online dating service.
  • 55% reported that they know someone who had an unsafe experience with an online dating service.
  • The most prevalent safety concerns people cite are:
    • Fake accounts (67%)
    • Money scams (55%)
    • Sexual harassment (29%)
    • Verbal harassment (27%)
    • Stalking (20%)
  • 72% have blocked another user at least once in the past six months.

Negative emotions

For all the good that online dating brings, many online daters also report negative emotions.

  • 40% had an overall negative experience with online dating.
  • 30% of women report feeling overwhelmed by to many messages.
  • 57% of men report feeling unattractive due to too few messages.
  • 25% report being bullied or harassed.
  • 48% report receiving explicit messages and images they did not ask for.
  • 61% report feeling frustrated with online dating.
  • 55% report feeling pessimistic about online dating.
  • 44% report feeling insecure about online dating.

Data Leaks and Hacking

Hacking and data leaks are very common, but often not reported widely enough. Compared to other dataleaks dating service databases are more private than most other and leaks more impactful. Unfortunately, dating apps and services have become a popular target to use for sextortion or other extortion scams.

First, som key statistics on hacking and data leaks within online dating:

  • 55% report to belive a hacker gained access to their profile data or messages.
  • 209,452,689 user profiles have been leaked since 2011 (and that is only those publicly available).
  • 21 million online dating profiles are hacked and leaked on average each year.
  • Tinder keeps an average of 800 pages of information per user.

Second, let’s take you through the public data leaks since 2011:

2011: Zhenai.com, 5,024,908 user profiles

Despite very hard access to public records multiple sources claim to have seen the leaked data of more than 5 million chinese dating profiles emails and passwords. However, the alleged hacking has still not been verified.

  • Breach date: 21 December 2011
  • Compromised accounts: 5,024,908
  • Compromised data: Email addresses, Passwords

2011: Zoosk.com, 52,578,183 user profiles

The hacking and leaking of more than 52.5 million dating profiles from Zoosk.com in 2011 has since been verified to be a fabricated attempt to sell the data online. However, Zoosk did later fail the trust of its users in 2020 (read on).

  • Breach date: 1 January 2011
  • Compromised accounts: 52,578,183
  • Compromised data: Email addresses, Passwords

2015: BeautifulPeople.com, 1,100,089 user profiles

Beautiful People claimed to be a dating site where every profile was vetted and ranked on how beautiful they were. This sparked the interest to hack the site from dark corners of the internet, which culminated with the leak of 1.1 million profiles in 2015.

  • Breach date: 11 November 2015
  • Compromised accounts: 1,100,089
  • Compromised data: Beauty ratings, Car ownership statuses, Dates of birth, Drinking habits, Education levels, Email addresses, Genders, Geographic locations, Home ownership statuses, Income levels, IP addresses, Job titles, Names, Passwords, Personal descriptions, Personal interests, Physical attributes, Sexual orientations, Smoking habits, Website activity

2016: JustDate.com, 24,451,312 user profiles

Some controversy exists around if the data that was supposedly leaked from a hacking of JustDate.com is in fact just manufactured for the purpose of trying to resell it.

  • Breach date: 29 September 2016
  • Compromised accounts: 24,451,312
  • Compromised data: Dates of birth, Email addresses, Geographic locations, Names

2016: Mate1.com, 27,393,015 user profiles

This is one of the largest data leaks, with the most available datapoints. Most critically passwords were stored in plain text and was able to be matched with email adresses.

  • Breach date: 29 February 2016
  • Compromised accounts: 27,393,015
  • Compromised data: Astrological signs, Dates of birth, Drinking habits, Drug habits, Education levels, Email addresses, Ethnicities, Fitness levels, Genders, Geographic locations, Income levels, Job titles, Names, Parenting plans, Passwords, Personal descriptions, Physical attributes, Political views, Relationship statuses, Religions, Sexual fetishes, Travel habits, Usernames, Website activity, Work habits

2017: Muslim Match, 149,830 user profiles

A muslim online dating service had it’s almost 150k members profiles hacked and leaked in the summer of 2017. Passwords was fortunatly still hashed with MD5, and therefore not accessible to the hackers.

  • Breach date: 24 June 2017
  • Compromised accounts: 149,830
  • Compromised data: Chat logs, Email addresses, Geographic locations, IP addresses, Passwords, Private messages, User statuses, Usernames

2017: Shadi.com, 2,021,984 user profiles

In what seems liked targeted attacks on Muslim dating services Shadi.com was also breached in the summer of 2017. The hackers successfully managed to retrieve more than 2 million accounts with emails and passwords, before the vulnerability was closed.

  • Breach date: 9 July 2017
  • Compromised accounts: 2,021,984
  • Compromised data: Email addresses, Passwords

2019: Jcrush, 200,000 user profiles

In a uncovering by security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, it was found that at least 200,000 user profiles had been hacked and leaked online. JCrush is owned by Northsight Capital, Inc..

  • Breach date: 6 January 2019
  • Compromised accounts: aprox. 200,000
  • Compromised data: First and Last names of users, Email addresses, Facebook tokens (which can be used for log in), Full user profiles, Profile pictures, Private – sometimes very intimate – messages and sensitive photos sent in those messages, How many ‘swipes’ a user received per month, When and where they last logged in from.

2019: CatholicSingles.com, 50,000 user profiles

The hacking of an Amazon Bucket server on which at least 50,000 user profiles from the catholic focused dating site, CatholicSingles.com, was located lead to the leaking a database of 17 MB containing names, adresses and more.

  • Breach date: 12 July 2019
  • Compromised accounts: aprox. 50,000
  • Compromised data: User’s real names, email addresses, phone numbers, billing addresses, and more.

2020: MobiFriends, 3,512,952 user profiles

The dating app, with offices in Barcelona was breached in early 2020 by a hacker who only identified himself by his email: white_peacock@riseup.net. Passwords in the dataset was hashed and not available.

  • Breach date: 6 January 2020
  • Compromised accounts: 3,512,952
  • Compromised data: Dates of birth, Email addresses, Genders, Passwords, Usernames

2020: Zoosk, 23,927,853 user profiles

In early 2020, in a wave of online dating service hackings Zoosk also became a target and since became one of the most widely spread leaks of data from any online dating service hacking.

  • Breach date: 12 January 2020
  • Compromised accounts: 23,927,853
  • Compromised data: Dates of birth, Drinking habits, Education levels, Email addresses, Ethnicities, Family structure, Genders, Geographic locations, Income levels, Names, Nicknames, Physical attributes, Political views, Relationship statuses, Religions, Sexual orientations, Smoking habits

2020: MeetMindful, 1,422,717 user profiles

Zdnet.com was first on the story after almost 1.4 million user profiles from MeetMindful was leaked on the dark web.

  • Breach date: 26 January 2020
  • Compromised accounts: 1,422,717
  • Compromised data: Dates of birth, Drinking habits, Drug habits, Email addresses, Genders, Geographic locations, IP addresses, Marital statuses, Names, Passwords, Physical attributes, Religions, Sexual orientations, Smoking habits, Social media profiles, Usernames

2020: +70 adult dating websites, 66,512,812 user profiles

In a widespread hacking of the mailservice, Mailfire, +70 adult dating website had 4 days of messages, profile data and notifications, making up more than 370 million records.

  • Breach date: 26 January 2020
  • Compromised accounts: 66,512,812
  • Compromised data: Full names, Age and date of birth, Gender, Email addresses, Locations of senders, IP addresses, Profile pictures uploaded by users, Profile bio descriptions

2021: Atraf, 1,107,034 user profiles

The Israile hosting provider CyberServe was hacked by a group with the name “BlackSnow”. One site that was caught in this hacking was LGBTQ site, Atraf.

  • Breach date: 29 October 2021
  • Compromised accounts: 1,107,034
  • Compromised data: Dates of birth, Email addresses, Family structure, Genders, Geographic locations, HIV statuses, IP addresses, Names, Passwords, Phone numbers, Physical attributes, Private messages, Profile photos, Religions, Sexual orientations, Usernames

Alternative online dating services

Christian Mingle

  • Launched 2001 (app launched in 2014)
  • Focus: Christians seeking a “God-centred” relationship.

PlentyOfFish

  • Launched 2003 (app launched in 2010)
  • Focus: Matching based on ‘chemistry’ test.

Grindr

  • Launched 2009
  • Focus: gay, bi, trans and queer people in the area.

Her

  • Launched 2013
  • Focus: Lesbian, queer, bisexual and bi-curious women.

Down

  • Launched 2013
  • Focus: Casual hookups and relationships.

Bumble

  • Launched 2014
  • Focus: Matches you with people in your area. For heterosexual matches, the women have to make the first move.

Feeld

  • Launched 2014
  • Focus: Kink, polyamory and other alternative sexual preferences.

Clover

  • Launched 2014
  • Focus: 20 Questions measuring personality traits that matches people.

Pure

  • Launched 2014
  • Focus: Only have an hour to communicate before the user’s profile and all communication is gone from your inbox.

The League

  • Launched 2015
  • Focus: Careers and success, low acceptance rate to the app.

Tastebuds

  • Launched 2015
  • Focus: Shared taste in music.

Hater

  • Launched 2016
  • Focus: Matches you with persons who despise the same things you do.

Sapio

  • Launched 2016
  • Focus: Intelligence.

Wingman

  • Launched 2017
  • Focus: Matches by people your friends have vetted.

Zoe

  • Launched 2017
  • Focus: lesbian, queer and bisexual women.

Dig

  • Launched 2018
  • Focus: dog lovers.

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