5 Surprising Stats That Will Change the Way You View Online Dating
It’s no surprise that online dating is now the second most common way to meet someone. But, some of these other stats? Well, see for yourself.
1. Online Dating Makes for a Faster Trip Down the Aisle
A recent study by the economists behind Freakonomics looked into the cost-saving benefits of online dating and found that the average courtship time for “traditional” daters was about 2 years more than the average time for couples who met online. (42 months compared to 18.5).
One reason? Dating is a skill set and online dating is the safest environment to practice those skills.
The accessibility of online dating allows you to branch out, try new things and can provide a better handle on what you want and who’s got it. So that when you do find the right person, you just know.
Now, pair that with intuitive matchmaking, from a dating site like Zoosk, which has become adept at pairing singles, and online dating becomes hard to compete with.
2. Almost Half of Women on Dating Sites Come with a Plus One
44% of women who head online for love are single moms.
Because meeting and talking to eligible men while sans makeup and pajama clad on your couch? That’s something even the busiest mom can make time for.
And the filters on dating sites are ideal for anyone. On Zoosk, these include standard criteria like age, religion and kids, but also specifics like hobbies, lifestyle and even exercise frequency. So you can be sure from the get-go that you and your date will have more in common than just late night bottle feedings or the pains of carpooling.
3. Men Will Work for a Real Relationship
Men on dating sites have the unfortunate reputation of being part of the “next best thing” club. We wrongly assume that they become overstimulated on dating sites, energized by the smorgasbord of options, and that keeping their attention is almost impossible.
But a study released by Match entitled “Singles in America” provided some surprising refutations. The study found that men are more focused on the long-term than we give them credit for. 66% of men said they imagined a future on the first date and said they’re willing to wait 11 days to hear back from someone before calling it quits (for women that number is 7).
4. Give Us Your Young and Give Us Your Old...er
Online dating is usually associated with the 30+ sector - people who are already established in their lives, are ready and eager for serious relationships, but don't have the opportunity to find one.
The prevailing thought was that twentysomethings are more than happy to go to bars and clubs to meet people, and the older crowd are too content with the status quo to put the effort into dating.
But, since 2013, the number of 18-24 year olds on dating sites has tripled, and for the 55-64 age bracket that figure has doubled.
5. Only Fools Rush In
A study from the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication found that the perfect time to meet for date #1 is after 17 to 23 days of messaging online. This might seem a bit lengthy, but researchers found this is the right amount of time two people need to get to know each other and gain enough confidence to meet face-to-face.
Like everything dating related - it’s all about patience.
So, have your views of online dating changed? If you're ready to make the move and give online dating a try, check out our reviews of the best dating sites and see for yourself who's out there.