Some Surprising Facts About Online Dating

One of my interests is online dating, and over the last couple weeks, I've been doing some research about it. In this article, I thought I'd share some of my findings.

1. Only 1 in 5 people have tried online dating.
This quite frankly surprised me, since I would have guessed that the number would be higher by now. It seems that for whatever reason, there is a segment of the population (maybe they are old-fashioned) that resist the idea of finding love online. The ad below from Match.com captalizes on the hesitance some people still have toward online dating in general.

 

That said, online dating is a huge, multi-billion dollar industry, and I believe it's just a matter of time until the majority will have tried this form of dating.

2. Women get harassed in surprising numbers on dating sites.
According to a recent news story, the worst offenders are on Tinder and Okcupid. But regardless of the site, it seems over half the women get harassed. While males get harassed as well, the incidence of harassment among males is much lower.

3. 1 out of 3 people in relationships met online.

Remember the stat earlier that only 1 in 5 have tried online dating? Well, it turns out 1 out of 3 people in relationships met online. There seems to be a discrepancy in the numbers, but maybe people are meeting online outside of dating sites, such as through games, social media, and other outlets. Nevertheless, being online is a major way in which people eventually get into relationships.

4. People who meet online have longer, happier relationships.
The statistics on this aren't overwhelming, but on the whole, studies show that people who meet online are more likely to be happy about their relationships, and more likely to stay together.

All said, the things I've read paint a pretty good picture of online dating. It seems to work well for quite a few people, and it's something I believe everyone should try. I personally like Match.com, and you can get a match.com free trial if you want by going to dating advice sites.

Even if you have a reluctance to join a dating site, I always tell people to withhold judgment until they've tried it. I have a few friends who resisted the notion at first, then eventually wound up in a successful relationship as a result of using a dating site later on.