While it is difficult to know how many New Yorkers are keeping their search offline, a 2013 Pew Research Center study found that only 38 percent of single and searching Americans have used an online service.
In New York, more than 1 million people are listed in census data as single and between 20 to 34 years of age (the age bracket most likely to be dating).
NEW YORK CITY — When Erica Horning, 26, walked along a Midtown street, she found herself locking eyes with a beautiful stranger — a tall man with olive skin and green eyes dressed in skinny jeans, combat boots and a T-shirt. The man ran over to her, started up a conversation and got her number.
'" said Horning, a recruiter who lives near Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
The meet-cute — a term for a film or television scene in which a couple with a romantic script ahead of them meet for the first time — is sacred to Horning.
Whether or not the meet-cute turns into a relationship, "those moments, I don't want to miss out on them," said Horning, describing them as "special, exciting and unexpected."In comparison, online dating for Horning seems transactional while lacking the energy of an offline meet-cute.Media headlines and blogs might herald the popularity of online dating, but there are many who keep their love life offline or have returned from the digital world exhausted and burned by smartphone apps and websites that promised a soul mate.