You date by the Internet, and you just may break up by the Internet. At least that appears to be the case in an Internet stat floating around via eharmony. According to the online dating site, 48 percent of online relationships end through email. Considering the lines of communication start off from behind the screen, this isn’t particularly unrealistic.
However, before you panic every time you open your online dating inbox or email, check out some other online dating statistics that may make you feel more encouraged to dive into the online dating pool.
Online Dating Statistics
1. Generation Z and Millennials are leading the pack in online dating apps.
According to Pew Research, 48 percent of 18-29 year olds and 38 percent of 30-49 year olds have used dating sites. The numbers for Generation X and older (ages 50 and up) lower to 16 percent.
2. LGBTQ+ people are more likely to use online dating platforms.
In the same study, lesbian, gay and/or bisexual adults are twice as likely (55 percent versus 28 percent) to use these sites versus heterosexuals.
3. Online couples may have longer, happier marriages.
While that clearly doesn’t compete for older groups who were married long before online dating was the norm, a National Academy of Sciences study found that more than one-third of the U.S. marriages of 19,131 participants between 2005 and 2012 started online. Of that one-third, the “relationship quality” of partners who met online were higher (and divorce lower) than the other two-thirds who initially met in person (5.96 versus 7.67 percent).
4. Online love may lead to online security problems later.
Kaspersky Lab found that 12 percent of people who have experienced a breakup either released, or really wanted to release, an ex-partner’s private information publicly as an act of revenge. Men were more likely than women (17 percent versus 7 percent) to do the public sharing as a form of revenge. Twelve percent of couples damaged or wanted to damage an ex’s device. Ten percent confessed to spending an ex-partner’s money online.
5. When relationships go sour, photos of significant others go missing.
In the same Kaspersky Lab study, women were more willing than men to delete all of an ex-partner’s information from their device (55 percent vs. 49 percent), and delete all couple photos or videos after a breakup (56 percent vs. 48 percent).
6. Online snooping can become an issue after break-ups.
Women are more likely to snoop on their exes, with 33 percent of women admitting to spying via social networks compared to 28 percent of men.
7. Glass half-full approach depends on who is being asked.
Pew Research reports that approximately 35 percent of recent users say that in the past year online dating has made them feel more pessimistic. Meanwhile 29 percent say these platforms left them feeling more optimistic. Thirty-two percent feel more confident, and 25 percent feel more insecure than when they started.
8. Don’t “pass” on personality, but looks count.
Twenty-eight percent of online daters found it “very easy” to pick out people that they were physically attracted to. Forty-three percent found it “somewhat easy.” However, 24 percent found it somewhat difficult while 5 percent found it very difficult.
9. People aren’t always trying to hide behind computers.
Although shows like MTV’s “Catfish” can lead online dating users to believe that people aren’t thrilled to meet in person. However, the majority of users do want to meet. Pew Research found that the majority (46 percent) somewhat easily found someone they wanted to meet in person and 18 percent found it very easy. On the downside, 29 percent found it somewhat difficult and 6 percent found it very difficult.
10. Don’t skip the profile sign-up process.
Although some online dating users want to scope out the site before they’re willing to pay for anything, a complete profile can make all the difference for both men and women.
“Very important” rankings include photos of themselves (74 percent women versus 68 percent men); type of relationship you’re looking for (72 percent women versus 53 percent men); if they are parents (48 percent women versus 43 percent men); hobbies and interests (40 percent women versus 32 percent men); religious beliefs (32 percent women versus 18 percent men); racial or ethnic background (23 percent women versus 15 percent men); occupation (27 percent women versus 8 percent men); height (22 percent women versus 8 percent men); and political affiliation (18 percent women versus 10 percent men).
So what should you do now? Should you run right online to fill in your profile, change your passwords, add new photos and expect to get married soon? No—and yes. As with every relationship, you never quite know how it’s going to go until you actually date the person.
Whether meeting online first or in person, the relationship will still come down to you two meshing. This is your time to get to know each other and see what kind of person you’re initially attracted to. And if you’re really curious how your potential dating match would react to some of these stats above, make them your icebreakers. You may find a winner or recognize wasted time almost immediately.
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