To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.
Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.
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.
Gen X says: We saw “Clueless” more as part of a larger thing happening in entertainment media, this very self-aware form of comedy that featured a kind of exuberant pop-culture hyperliteracy, with references to everything from Jane Austen to Dionne Warwick to Radiohead.
But I don’t think we would’ve loved it if had been only about those things.
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