Five things you might not know about online dating

Online dating may seem like a weird concept and many times this ‘alternative’ way of finding the one is synonymous with fascination and confusion. However, if you want to understand it, our reporter Antonia has five truths you need to know about online dating.

1.The sites with the most females are match-based sites.

These sites require you to fill out a long questionnaire (something many men don’t like) and choose your matches for you rather than allowing you to browse freely for who you want. E-Harmony in particular is known for people looking to get married rather than hook up or date casually.


2.Match-based sites have higher subscription fees.

This is due to the costs for whoever developed the assessment battery and matching algorithms. However, all the sites’ fees decrease if you sign up for longer periods.


3.Men and women behave differently online.

A 2010 study of 6,485 users of a major online dating site found that men viewed three times more profiles than women did (597,169 to 196,363).

Men were approximately 40 percent more likely to initiate contact with a woman after viewing her profile than women were after viewing a man’s profile (12.5 to 9 percent).


4.Online dating has become the second most common way for couples to meet, behind meeting through friends.

According to research by Michael Rosenfeld of Stanford University, and Reuben Thomas from City College of New York, in the early 1990s, less than 1 percent of the population met partners through printed personal advertisements or other commercial intermediaries.


5.Use of online dating sites or apps by young adults has nearly tripled since 2013.

The share of 18- to 24-year-olds using online dating has nearly tripled in the last two years. Today 27% of these young adults report that they have done so, up from just 10% in early 2013. Meanwhile, the share of 55- to 64-year-olds who use online dating has doubled over the same time period (from 6% in 2013 to 12% in 2015)


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