To use adult dating

Children may sometimes know the person contacting them online but they could also be targeted by someone using a fake or anonymous account."The NSPCC is deeply disturbed that sexual predators could use teen dating apps and websites to target young people.

By comparison, just 25% of those with a high school diploma or less know someone who uses online dating – and just 18% know someone who has entered into a long-term relationship with someone they met this way.For young adults in particular, this overall increase in online dating usage has been accompanied by a dramatic increase in the use of mobile dating apps.Fully 22% of 18- to 24-year-olds now report using mobile dating apps, a more than fourfold increase from the 5% who reported using dating apps in 2013.Today 27% of these young adults report that they have done so, up from just 10% in early 2013.Meanwhile, the share of 55- to 64-year-olds who use online dating has doubled over the same time period (from 6% in 2013 to 12% in 2015).

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