Have you ever tried online dating sites or thought about giving them a try?
If you’re single, it might not be such a bad idea.
The truth is that an increasing number of men and women are signing up to online dating sites, with many of them finding real love on the internet.
However, there are some surprising online dating statistics that you should know about before you jump in.
Let’s start with this stomach turning fact…
1. Many online dating profiles are stolen pictures of deceased people.
Over 10 percent of profiles on online dating sites are ghost profiles operated by scammers. The pictures you find are stolen and often belong to people that are long dead.
That’s insane and just plain wrong. But, don’t give up hope just yet. If you are single I still think you should give online dating a try because of our next fact.
2. Relationships that start online tend to last longer.
Online dating statistics collected between 2005 and 2012 revealed that only 6 percent of married couples who met online within that time frame divorced. As compared to 8 percent for couples who met offline. Here’s more on this study:
New research suggests that one in three Americans now meet their spouses online, and that those marriages are more satisfying and less likely to end in divorce than those that begin in traditional, offline venues.
The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and funded by eHarmony, examined the marital status and satisfaction of 19,131 people who tied the knot between 2005 and 2012.
Of the nearly 20,000 respondents, 35 percent met their spouses online. Within that group, nearly half met through online dating sites, “whose number of users has increased dramatically just over the past decade,” according to the research. Others reported meeting their spouses through social media, chat rooms, and e-mail, among other online venues.
And while the research found that nearly 8 percent of marriages initiated offline ended in breakups, couples who met online reported lower rates of separation and divorce — 6 percent.
“What is clear from this research is that a surprising number of Americans now meet their spouse on-line,” the research states, and “Meeting a spouse on-line is, on average, associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction and lower rates of marital break-up than meeting a spouse through traditional (off-line) venues.”
3. Online daters have higher happiness levels.
As alluded to above, couples who meet online have a higher level of happiness than those who meet offline. According to research, these couples have a happiness index of 5.64 compared to 5.48 for those who met offline.
We believe this is because online dating allows you to get to know a person on a deeper level before you decide to go on a date with them. Pictures, hobbies, employment, family connections, are all openly revealed online… However, you have to still keep an eye open because…
4. Online daters are often victims of scams.
Online dating sites have their good and bad side. Statistics show that many users have been victims of scams while looking for love. In 2011 alone, more than $50 million was lost by victims through scams that involved the exchange of cash and property.
Many of these scams are long term. Ranging from months to years as the scammer lures his victim into his trap.
Just recently in the news there was a story of a woman who was tricked out of $50,000 by a man she met online:
Jennifer was feeling good about herself. After being single for 15 years, she was ready to date and hopefully find someone with whom she could spend the rest of her life.
Instead, Jennifer (not her real name) became a victim of a cyber-dating scam artist who lured her into turning over her life’s savings totaling $50,000. Jennifer asked not to be identified for fear that it would jeopardize her career.
This mother of two believed she had found the man of her dreams on a popular dating web site. They communicated by phone, email and text messages and she immediately liked his smile and was impressed by his kindness and his love for everything that she liked.
She was swept off her feet and fell in love with the words and voice of a man she never met in person. “I just fell. I just fell,” Jennifer recalls about the seven-month relationship. “I made a big mistake. It’s embarrassing. I feel foolish that I did it.”
Proceed with caution when meeting men online. Click here to read the rest of Jennifer’s story.
5. Those pictures are probably old.
Many people using online dating sites use out-of-date pictures which they consider to be more attractive.
Most hot photos you find on online dating sites are normally more than one year old with 12% being more than 3 years old. This tendency increases with the uploader’s age with people over 50 years old using pictures which were taken almost two years ago.
6. He’s likely not as tall as he says.
A huge percentage of men and women do not tell the truth about their height when using online dating sites. Women also have a tendency of lying about their build and weight. Online dating statistics reveal that most users consider men who are 6’6” and women who are 5’10” to be more attractive, thus contributing to the lies about body type.
7. Online daters are poorer than they pretend to be.
Online dating statistics reveal that over half of users are 20 percent poorer than they claim to be.
The biggest culprits of this lie? Men.
Obviously, they tend to lie about their income online in hopes of attracting potential mates.
8. Sexuality isn’t set in stone.
Studies have shown that 80 percent of bisexuals only want to have a public and long term romance with one of the genders they are attracted to.
I hate to say it, but many of the “straight” men on online dating sites actually go both ways.
9. New online dating sites are popping up every day.
The number of dating sites is on the rise, giving online daters plenty of options. There are more than 2,500 dating apps and sites in the US. Here are the 10 sites we think you should give a try.
10. Thousands of people join every day… And they are worth billions…
Approximately 20,000 people join online dating sites each day with Match.com standing as the leading site amongst them all. Revenue earned by online dating sites run into the billions, with earnings expected to reach $1.9B this year alone.
These online dating statistics reveal a lot about what you can expect if you try online dating. Is it worth it? I think so, just proceed with caution. With all of it’s good attributes online dating has a few unsavory characteristics.