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The technology also gained some users among 45-to-54-year-olds.The survey also found that acceptance—or, at least, awareness—of online dating was growing.Fukui, a prefecture on the western coast, has hosted an online dating service since 2010, making it a pioneer in government-supported romance.The prefecture of Hiroshima has managed some degree of success: 15 couples who met through dating events that started last year have since married, and one baby arrived this summer.
Private businesses have also sprung up, such as a dating cram school in Ibaraki prefecture on the eastern coast, where Kyoko Ishiduka counsels singles on how to court each other.
That's led to taxpayer-financed dating services in places like Ishioka, a town about an hour outside Tokyo.
"When you think about how to prevent a decreasing population, nothing starts without marriage," said Kazuhiko Suzuki, an Ishioka city official.
Eighty percent of Americans think a website like Ok Cupid or an app like Tinder are good ways to meet people.
Healthy majorities also agree that online dating is easier, more efficient, and helps people find better matches.