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U.S. negative online dating behavior encounters 2019, by age group

During an October 2019 survey regarding negative encounters on online dating platforms, 42 percent of online dating users in the U.S. aged 18 to 34 years stated that they had received a sexually explicit message or image they did not ask for. In contrast, only 22 percent of respondents aged 50 years and above stated the same.

Negative behaviors encountered on online dating sites or apps according to users in the United States as of October 2019, by age group

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

October 16 to October 28, 2019

Number of respondents

total n=4,860

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

among online dating users

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

% of online dating users in each group who say someone __ on a dating site or app

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