Online dating is an increasingly popular way to meet people, and many Americans even end up finding true love and getting married to someone that they met online. Still, any online activity carries a little risk due to the anonymous nature of web interactions. Therefore, it is important to know what to expect during your foray into the Internet’s various dating sites and personals forums.
Whether you are completely new to the world of online dating or a seasoned pro with multiple accounts on different websites, these statistics provide important information about the current online dating climate. Before you dive into the online dating pool, take a moment to review these vital statistics.
1. 40 million Americans say that they use at least one online dating service. To put that number in perspective, that’s roughly 40% of the total singles population in America. However, it’s worth noting that many of the profiles you see will likely include a few white lies or exaggerations. According to one survey (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/25/online-dating-statistics_n_511716.html), “Online, men lie most about their age, height, and income. Women, on the other hand, lie most about their weight, physical build, and age.”
2. 10 percent of all accounts on free online dating sites are spammers, ‘bots, or scam artists. That means that every day, 1 out of 10 profiles created on a given free dating site is someone you’ll want to ignore or avoid.
According to one advice column ( http://www.datemypet.com/dating/experts/fake_online_profile.html), warning signs that may indicate that a profile belongs to a spammer or scammer include being asked to check out the user’s profile on another website (often an invitation to join a pay-per-view porn site or cam site), as well as a user asking for your personal information. Even giving away your address or phone number to a person you haven’t met face-to-face can make it easier for someone to steal your identity.
3. Profiles with photos get over twice as many responses. According to economists at MIT and the University of Chicago, you are twice as likely to make a connection online if your dating site profile has a picture of your face.
Some people hold back on posting a picture for fear that they are overweight, unattractive, or will be judged by their friends for having an online profile. However, profiles without a picture are often a red flag for a spammer, dead account, or person who might be hiding their identity for some reason (for example, someone who is cheating on their spouse).
4. Online dating is an increasingly popular way to meet your future spouse. According to a recent article in the Washington Post, 17% of people who got married during the past three years met online.
“It does seem to have displaced all other forms of dating,” says Susan Frohlick, a cultural anthropologist at the University of Manitoba who has studied online dating. “I would say that it’s been in the last five years that it’s become hyper-mainstream.”
In fact, meeting online is the third most frequent method of introduction, behind meeting through a mutual acquaintance or at work or school. The number of people who met online and got married during that same three year period was double the number of people who met someplace like a bar, nightclub, or other social gathering place.
“Online dating is by now a preferred way for singles to find dates,” says Joe Tracy, publisher of Online Dating Magazine. “I think the stigma that has been attached to online dating — and there’s still some of that today — has greatly decreased. Everybody knows someone who has done online dating, so people are less fearful to talk about it.”
In addition, another study showed that 2% of all married couples that met online used the website eHarmony.
5. Canadians are more active in online dating communities than any other nationality. According to one study, Canadians spend more days a month (as well as more minutes per day) surfing online dating sites day on online dating sites than users in America, the UK, Germany, and France. So if you are looking to increase your dating profile’s exposure, it might be a good idea to join some Canadian-based dating sites, especially if you are okay with trying to establish a long-distance relationship or live near the Canadian border.
Source: The old Google News article has been taken down. This link has comparable info: theglobeandmail.com
6. People over 45 are increasingly turning to the internet to find a partner. This is good news for people who are reaching middle age and are still single. 13% of those who wed in 2003 were 45 and older, and Yahoo Personals revealed that between January 2006 to November 2007, new profile registration among users ages 45 and over increased by 33%. As the baby boomers begin to age, it is possible that this trend will continue.
Whether you are new to online dating, or have been trying for years to find the right man or woman to settle down with, these statistics show that there is hope for lonely singles everywhere. As these sites continue to grow each year, your chances of finding Mr. or Mrs. Right will increase. No matter your age, weight, race, or gender, internet dating websites are a great resource for finding the person of your dreams.
Leave a Comment