In today’s modern world, it seems like Cupid has thrown out his bow and arrow and replaced them with a computer. Because the internet has provided us a convenient venue filled with online dating sites that cater to our specific match-making needs and requirements, more and more singles across the world are heading to the web in search of friends, dates and of course…love.
Check out the below statistics found in recent studies that suggest online dating is more than just a trend. It looks like dating sites are here to stay and the internet could be where you end up clicking with Mr. or Mrs. Right…
How many people are dating online? If you’ve wondered how many people are using online dating sites (and how many singles you have to browse through!), be sure to take a look at these staggering numbers:
· eHarmony has 33 million members
· Match.com has 20 million members
· 15 million people in India use online dating sites
· 40 million people in the United States use online dating sites
· 140 million people in China use online dating sites
What kind of money is the online dating industry making? Last year, it was calculated that the online dating industry made 1.049 billion dollars. If you thought that was a lot, by the year 2013 the number is expected to reach 1.3 billion dollars!
How likely are you to meet your match online? According to research, it was revealed that in 2011, 1 out of 6 married couples found their start through an online dating service—that is more than twice the number of people who met through traditional methods. And if you count committed relationships, 1 out of every 5 couples can thank a dating site for their romance. Here are some more fascinating stats about online relationships:
· 33% of face-to-face meetings after being matched on the internet flourish into relationships.
· Online couples spend an average of 18.5 months dating before getting married—when couples who meet through traditional mediums spend about 42 months dating before getting hitched.
· 48% of breakups for online couples happen via email.
· By 2019, it is estimated that more than half of couples in the world will be matched through online dating.
How have marriages started in recent years? It’s no surprise that online dating sites are rapidly gaining speed in the race for the number one way marriages start, but here’s the breakdown of how people have met their spouses over the last three years:
· #1: 36% of married couples met at school or work
· #2: 26% of married couples were introduced by friends or family members
· #3: 17% of married couples met on the web
· #4: 11% of married couples met out at bars or other social scenes
· #5: 7% of married couples met randomly
· #6: 4% of married couples met at church/religious places of worship
Because of societal changes like getting married older, dedicating more time to work, having busier schedules in general, moving more, etc., it’s become more difficult to use traditional methods of meeting the person we are going to marry. This is why online dating has grown so much and appears to be the way of the future.
Guest post author, Cindy McDonald, shares with us this guest post on the switch from traditional methods of dating to online dating. In addition, Cindy also owns Catholic Dating Sites where she provides informative resources about online dating for single Catholics on the web.