Browsing profiles isn’t nearly as time-consuming (or daunting) as mixing with people in a social context.Statistics suggest that about 1 in 5 relationships begin online nowadays.Interestingly, more than 15% of adults say that they have used either mobile dating apps or an online dating site at least once in the past.
It’s estimated that by 2040, 70% of us will have met our significant other online.
The problem with a lot of online dating applications is that they don’t really work.
If you want to think about dating as a numbers game (and apparently many people do), you could probably swipe left/right between 10 – 100 times in the span of time that it would take you to interact with one potential date in ‘real-life’.
With the popularity of sites like e Harmony, match.com, OKcupid and literally thousands of similar others, the stigma of online dating has diminished considerably in the last decade.
The popularity of online dating is being driven by several things but a major factor is time.
Online dating presents an effective solution to a serious problem.
According to research conducted at Michigan State University, relationships that start out online are 28% more likely to break down in their first year, than relationships where the couples first met face-to-face. Couples who met online are nearly 3 times as likely to get divorced as couples that met face-to-face. While the overwhelming majority of romantic relationships still begin offline, around 5% of Americans that are currently in either a committed relationship or marriage, suggest that they did in fact meet their significant other online.
It’s very easy to send one course back (or even one after another, after another, after another) when the menu is overflowing with other potential courses.
While most people would agree that on average men are more eager for sex than women, it seems that many men make the assumption that if a woman has an online dating presence, she’s interested in sleeping with relative strangers.