Where once people whispered only to their closest friends that they were meeting with someone they met online, today that embarrassment has dissipated.
The renowned Pew Research Center gives us some solid facts about the attitudes about online dating they gathered three years ago.
Those reporting the least satisfaction and highest divorce rates met either in bars or through friends. As he explains in his book, Date or Soul Mate: How to Know if Someone Is Worth Pursuing in Two Dates or Less, he created e Harmony to increase the number of happy marriages.
Happier marriages and fewer divorces could be due to the fact that those participating in online dating select prospects based on similar values, interests and backgrounds, three factors that many studies confirm contribute to marital success. Too many couples, he claims, marry based on superficial factors like looks, lust or earning potential.
Having some concerns about venturing into online dating? If you’ve looked through any or Plenty of Fish profiles, you’ll probably find the word “skeptical” used more than any other.
In this busy and connected world, it can be difficult to meet potential partners who share your values and interests.
These general dating website tend to charge less than Match or e Harmony.
Where general sites have all types of users, narrower niche sites exist that cater to farmers, devout Christians/Jews/Muslims, pet lovers, Star Trek enthusiasts and more.
The chart here reveals that online dating wasn’t even ridiculed ten years ago.
44% found it a perfectly legitimate way to meet romantic partners.
Singer Adele is open about using e Harmony; Joan Rivers went on Match.com, boldly using her own photos.
Chelsea Handler, Charlie Sheen and Matthew Perry admit to using multiple sites.
After picking out the right matches, users message each other via the services and typically start communicating through their personal email addresses or phone.