Three Major Myths of Online Dating Debunked

Three Major Myths of Online Dating Debunked

I met my significant other on so and so dating app. This is becoming more popular as dating apps become a norm for meeting and dating people. However, dating apps still have a bad rep for promoting a hook-up culture or even ruining dating itself. Based on a national survey by Pew Research Center here are 3 major myths of online dating, debunked.

Dating Apps Are For The Non-Committed

29% of respondents indicate they know someone who has married or entered into a long-term partnership with someone they met via online dating. These numbers get even higher amongst college graduates and the relatively affluent. Nearly six-in-ten college graduates (58%) know someone who uses online dating, and nearly half (46%) know someone who has entered into a marriage or long-term partnership with someone they met via online dating.

Online Dating Is Superficial

Yes, looks matter, but so are your personality and other traits! 62% of respondents agree that online dating allows people to find a better match, because they can get to know a lot more people. In addition, 80% of Americans who have used online dating agree that online dating is a good way to meet people.

Dating Apps Are Not Safe

There are of course pros and cons to dating apps, but a minority of users have a negative opinion about dating online. Less than a third of those surveyed believe that online dating keeps people from settling down, because they always have options for people to date and only 16% agree with the statement “people who use online dating sites are desperate.” Furthermore, those who have experience or exposure to online dating usually have a much more positive attitude compared to those who have not online dated or know of anyone who does.

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