The internet, cell phones, and social media have become key actors in the life of many American couples— the 66% of adults who are married or in committed relationships.Couples use technology in the little and large moments.We refer to these individuals throughout this report as “online daters,” and we define them in the following way: Taken together, 11% of all American adults have done one or both of these activities and are classified as “online daters.” In terms of demographics, online dating is most common among Americans in their mid-20’s through mid-40’s.Some 22% of 25-34 year olds and 17% of 35-44 year olds are online daters.Pew Research asked respondents about six different forms of online harassment.Those who witnessed harassment said they had seen at least one of the following occur to others online: In Pew Research Center’s first survey devoted to the subject, two distinct but overlapping categories of online harassment occur to internet users.These are among the key findings of a national survey of dating and relationships in the digital era, the first dedicated study of this subject by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project since 2005.
Fully 73% of adult internet users have seen someone be harassed in some way online and 40% have personally experienced it, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.
How does the Pew Internet & American Life Project choose the topics that it researches?
From the first days of our project in early 2000, there have been two broad thrusts to our research.
The first set of experiences is somewhat less severe: it includes name-calling and embarrassment.
It is a layer of annoyance so common that those who see or experience it say they often ignore it.The first is that we want to monitor who uses the internet and the activities they pursue online.