Pew Research Center Releases Pride Month Online Dating Study

As Pride Month comes to a close, Pew Research Center has released a comprehensive study of lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans and their online dating habits. The research found that younger members of this community are increasingly using online dating platforms.

The recent study found that 54% of those lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals aged 18 to 49 have used a dating site or app. In comparison, 39% of those aged 50 to 64 in this community and 30% of those 65 and older, have tried online dating.

While younger generations are more likely to try dating apps, all the different generations of this demographic are equally likely to say they are currently using a dating app.

This trend seems to be working, with 24% of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults in a committed relationship say they met their significant other through online dating. 

But what are the most popular dating platforms for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people? Overall Tinder is the most popular platform, but Grindr is particularly popular amongst men in this group, while HER and Bumble show increased popularity amongst lesbian and bisexual women.

61% of this demographic say that their experience with online dating has been positive overall. However, 56% say that they’ve received unconsensual sexually explicit messages, and 33% say they’ve been called an offensive name on a dating platform.

Click here to read Pew Research Center’s findings in full.