Online dating began to gain momentum back in the 90s of the last century. They do not lose their relevance today. On the contrary, with the spread of the Internet and new technologies, interest in them is only growing. But how effective is online dating as a phenomenon? Do they really help millions of people find new friends or even love? Or is it just entertainment without much prospects? The best answer to these questions is statistics.
Modern statistics are really surprising:
every third person in the world at least once met someone online;
48% of people use dating sites out of interest, 13% are looking for a serious relationship, the rest want to find new acquaintances;
one in ten is just looking for opportunities for sex;
25% of users reveal their real name online, and every tenth tells about their place of residence;
57% of users admit that they regularly do not agree on something about themselves, they do not give their real name, marital status, place of residence
Interesting fact: in 2005, the Pew Research Center conducted a study in which 44% of people surveyed called online dating a positive thing. Others felt it was a poor alternative to real, live communication. Ten years later, the study was repeated. And already 59% of the people surveyed called online dating a good trend.
But all these statistics and observations are not so important for you and me. The following information is much more interesting.
The Institute for Brain Research reports that one in six marriages today begins online. And it is expected that this number will only grow in the future. There are about 8,000 dating sites in the world right now, and new ones appear regularly.
People are really looking for a serious relationship. So, about 80% of Tinder users report that they use the application to get married or at least find a long-term relationship.
Couples who met online are happier in relationships
The study was conducted by John Cacioppo and Margaret Blake of the University of Chicago. According to surveys, online couples have stronger marriages and are more satisfied with their partners. Of course, the way you meet is only one factor. But its significance is quite high.
Over 2 million couples met on the site
It's no secret that eHarmony is one of the most popular dating sites in the world. But the numbers are really amazing. Already in 2000, about 30 million people registered on it. To date, the site reports about 2 million couples who have met and started a relationship thanks to eHarmony.
According to the resource, about 500 couples are formed here every day, many of which reach marriage. And this number also continues to increase every year
An interesting observation. The Pew Research Center, already mentioned above, reports that, on average, 8 out of 10 millennials say they are ready to marry a member of another race. At the same time, they prefer to live longer with a partner before marriage before tying the relationship legally. In this regard, they are in no hurry.
In this situation, we can say with confidence that dating sites have become a real salvation for many. People continue to get acquainted HERE and do it more active than ever. This trend is likely to continue in the coming months and even years. After all, we spend more and more time on the Internet.