7 Things You Probably Don't Know About Online Dating

With over 40 million singles in America alone using dating sites, your chances of finding someone special through an online matchmaking platform are high. And to ease your worries about stigmas associated with online dating, studies show that the number of Americans who consider it a good way to meet someone outweigh those who perceive online dating to be an act of desperation.

But that’s not to say people will readily admit that they’ve met their significant other through an online dating site, since most of the time we think about these social platforms as more appropriate for no-strings-attached hook-ups or otherwise brief romantic liaisons. Dating sites have notoriously carried the stigma of being a person’s final, desperate attempt to meet someone in an otherwise unfruitful mating pond.

The idea that there’s plenty of fish in the sea is true (as the popular Plenty of Fish dating website demonstrated) and the current storm of adults young and old who take a dip in the unclear and volatile waters of online dating definitely demonstrate that switching romantic partners and meeting new people isn't a particularly tricky venture.

So what are the facts around online dating? How many people - and which demographics - are most actively seeking romance online? Overall, what should we expect from the online dating experience? Our busy lives often leave little time to dedicate to hunting for the right man or woman, and with so many people on earth to choose from it seems that a easy-to-use resource where we can practically shop for the perfect mate is bound to bring forth promising results.

However, the long-term efficacy of online dating sites is still up for debate. What’s certain is that a clear idea of what one wants in a partner (in addition to a strong level of patience) is needed in order to sift through unwanted contenders. We hope that the following list of fast facts on the high-paced game of online dating may help to paint a clearer picture of what to expect for those still not convinced to give the online dating thing a go. Or, for those of us already traditionally and happily coupled up, this is an intriguing glimpse into the whole new world of digital matchmaking.

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7 How many committed couples actually meet online?

The Pew Research center reports that 5 percent of Americans in a committed relationship met their spouse through an online dating site. This number is small, but the limitations of polling a select number of individuals must be taken into account, as should the relatively recent nature of the boom in digital dating. After all, the married couples of our parents' generation aren't likely to have reported meeting online! Still, that number doesn't seem particularly promising...

6 Which age demographic uses online dating the most?

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According to Pew Research, American adults aged 25-34 use online dating the most with 22 percent of all adults falling within this demographic. Those aged 35-44 follow close behind at 17 percent. It’s also interesting to note that 45-54 year olds (8 percent) are almost as likely as 18-24 year olds (10 percent) to login on an online dating site or dating app.

5 What are the biggest lies people tell on their dating profiles?

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Okcupid conducted some interesting research on online dating trends with their 'Oktrends'. Among their findings are the popular lies people tell about themselves in their dating profiles. While exaggerating or misrepresenting one’s characteristics, like weight or height, for example, is generally harmless, we can imagine the disappointment to be felt at discovering someone we had a clear idea of isn’t at all who they claim to be or what they claim to look like.

With that said, one of the biggest lies people tell about themselves is claiming they are taller than they actually are. People are usually 2 inches shorter than they claim to be online. Similarly (and unsurprisingly) people typically lie about how much money they make. Oktrends reveals that people are usually 20 percent poorer than they let on. Men most likely lie about age, height, and income. Women are more likely to lie about age, weight, and physical build.

4 How much does the online dating industry rake in?

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What many still consider to be a kind of secret society is, as we know, no exclusive club nor last resort. Studies show that out of the 54,250,000 single people in America, 41,250,000 have tried online dating. The average amount spent by a dating site customer annually is $239.That number correlates to the $1,249,000,000 in annual revenue that the dating industry makes. This indicates not only the large number of people who are investing their time and money in meeting that special someone online but also demonstrates how online dating is in fact a business. Bearing this is mind, it's useful to consider that online dating is strategically designed to boost user participation and the fact that compatibility systems and computer algorithms are the ones choosing a potential mate can definitely make for a more deliberate rather than effective encounter between hopeful singles.

3 How long do users stick with an online dating site?

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Statistics show that users, more often than not, stick with online dating despite the quick rejection or unfruitful first dates that are part of the territory. On average, only 10 percent of users leave an online dating site within the first 3 months.

2 What's the real men : women ratio on dating sites?

Online dating is often perceived to be a last resort for the lonely and unwanted, and typically the unattractive, single man comes to mind when we think of who’s looking for love. But according to data compiled by Statisticbrain.com, the ratio of male to female dating site users is almost even: 52.4 percent of men and 47.6 percent of women are actively searching for a date online.

1 Can love really be found through online dating?

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There are many who feel that the hyper-exposure to datable singles contributes to a casual attitude and an accompanying reluctance to commit. Why settle for one person who shares the same interests and passions when we can shop around for several of the same? And although chemistry can’t be condensed into a simple list of hobbies, dreams or ambitions, it's been suggested an algorithm can find your perfect match. It’s been hypothesized that the most effective way a person can find their ideal match is to know specifically what it is they desire in a prospective partner. But how can that ever be surely determined? In the end, despite the success or horror stories, whether online dating is a hit or miss when it comes to love is entirely up to you; but with still less than a fifth of recent couples having met online, despite the tens of millions looking, long-term prospects aren't yet looking unequivocally positive for online daters.


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