It adds that a wave of ‘silver singles’, aged 65-85, will see the biggest increase of online daters – with up to 78per cent predicted to use the services in the future.
A key factor in the rising average age of an online dater will be increased life expectancy, but also familiarity with technology and having more experience with online dating than previous generations.
Interestingly, the report suggests the most challenged demographic when it comes to dating and relationships will be the youngest (18 to 35 year-olds).
Whereas today 42per cent of all online daters fit into this age bracket, this could decrease to 30per cent by 2050.
As many as 11% of American adults have used an online dating site of some type, including Match, e Harmony, and OKCupid.
Some sites use technology like GPS to match singles who are nearby, or video-chat features like Face Time or Skype. Online dating lets you branch out beyond your social circle as you search for a partner, says Paul Eastwick, Ph D, assistant professor of human development and family sciences at the University of Texas in Austin.
This is primarily due to economic pressures impacting on lifestyles, including the fact that nearly one in three 18 to 30 year-olds will live with their parents in 2050, compared with a quarter today.
You only get notified if you both express interest.
“It is very hard to get a sense of personal chemistry from an online dating profile," he says.
Dating apps that don't ask you to make a detailed profile "may save people a lot of wasted time and energy.” Karen Levy, a 45-year-old pet-care entrepreneur in Atlanta, also likes the way Tinder allows users to make quick decisions. This site focuses on singles with Asian backgrounds.
More than four in five singles will find love digitally by 2050 – with a wave of over 65s expected to take up online dating, a report has claimed.
According to the latest research, the average age of those using online dating services will increase from 38 to the age of 47 by 2050.