Online Dating Statistics and Must-Know Facts About Cyber Relationships

Family reunions are the best, but it’s also the perfect time for relatives to inquire into your single life. The next time they ask why you’re still going solo, just tell them you’re busy building a career, your love life is your least priority. After all, there’s really no need to hurry, and a lot of people will agree, being single has become quite the trend. In America alone, studies reveal there are approximately 110.6 million single people, which is almost 50% of the adult US population.

But if you’re tired of the unintentional chastity, there’s something you can do—online dating, the modern way of wooing a prospective romantic partner. Before you try it, though, get yourself acquainted with the latest online dating statistics so you can better assess your odds at it.

Latest Online Dating Statistics: Figures You Must Know Before Meeting Someone in the Cyberspace

You don’t have to be single forever now that dating is literally at your fingertips. If you know the trends in e-dating, you can surely step up your dating game. Here are the latest online dating statistics and everything in between you need to know.

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1. Mutual interests and good guise matter.

When it comes to online dating, interests and looks matter since that’s the first thing you see as you swipe through their photo gallery. Research shows 64% of online users look for someone who shares the same interests as in sports, politics, or arts. Meanwhile, 49% of online users like a good-looking fellow. So if you were to set up a dating profile, be sure to list your interests. Don’t forget to use your best photos too!

2. Location makes the difference.

If you’ve spent years on a dating site yet you’re still single, it’s not always your fault; sometimes, it’s your city. Jon Birger, the author of Date-onomics, reports that there are cities where the number of online dating users is low. The gender ratio can affect your e-dating experiences too.

To boost your chance of meeting someone, Birger suggests you relocate to cyberdating hot spots like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

3. Online users fake their profiles.

Most of the time, profiles you see on dating sites aren’t real. Jeffrey Hancock, Catalina Toma, and Nicole Ellison, authors of the research article “The Truth About Lying in Online Dating Profiles,” found that 9 of every 10 (81%) online users do not disclose the right personal information, particularly their weight, height, and age. This deception is triggered by their desire to find a date.

So never trust people easily; you will never know what they’re hiding behind the screen. And if you spot signs that your partner is lying, you might want to stop it right there. If they couldn’t tell you the whole truth now, what makes you so sure they will when you start meeting offline?

4. Online daters ask friends to create their profile.

It’s hardly surprising why most dating profiles aren’t always accurate—it’s not the owner that set it up. One out of five people has sought the help of others to make or at least review their profile. In addition, male users are less likely to ask for help compared to female users.

5. Reasons for finding a match vary.

Frankly speaking, not everyone on the website is looking for genuine love; in fact, only 19% of online users are seeking a lifetime partner. A 2017 survey reveals 48% daters are looking for fun, while 39% seek friendship, and 13% just want a one-night stand. So before you get too personal with your chat date, know their reason for using the platform. You know, just to make sure you’re on the same page.

6. Women prefer long-term over hookup.

Women are open to anything, but they would always prefer something stable and long-lasting to a one-night stand. A study reveals only 33% of women have sex with their online date during the first encounter, and 60% of female users say they are looking for a partner, not just someone to hook up with.

7. The Internet is a good place to meet someone new.

A study shows that 49 million people in the United States have tried online dating; 46% of them say they met their significant other online. That means your chances of meeting your life partner in the virtual community are actually big.

8. But online isn’t the place to look for marriage.

A good number of those who met online clicked it and actually started dating for real, but most of them stay that way. In fact, 60% of online couples prefer non-marital romantic relationships, as Aditi Paul discussed in Is Online Better Than Offline for Meeting.

She reckoned three possible reasons: “First, online dating provides many options to choose that leads to lack of
exclusivity. Second, online-initiated relationships take more time to develop than relationships initiated offline. Third, online daters also purposefully take time to develop trust with their partners, given some of the negative stigma associated with online dating.”

Knowing all that, you really have to set proper expectations for yourself. Decide what you are really looking for. Ask yourself, “Am I here for fun, dating, or marriage?” Set your heart in the right place before you take on the online dating journey. It may be a fresh experience, but you’re also still a human—capable of causing pain, capable of getting hurt. And you don’t want someone you just met over Tinder to do that to you.

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