Middle aged people benefiting more from online dating

Posted by James, 17 Feb 11

middle aged coupleNo second passes by without at least one person trying to find love somewhere. And this is not the case of taking to streets in the hopes they will ram into someone who makes them tick. This search is all happening online.

A recent study revealed that the internet has been playing cupid to most middle aged people. According to this research conducted by Oxford Internet Institute (OII), men and women between the age of 40 and 69 are the most likely group to turn to the net in search for love.

Having interviewed 12000 international couples, this study also reveals that one in three internet users have at some point in their lives visited an online dating site and this number has increased from 6% in 1997 to 30% in 2009.

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Given this increase in dependence on the internet cupid, one may ask: Does it really work or is this just another desperate attempt to find love?

Well, according to the study, 36% of middle aged group claim to have succeeded in this search for love after having found their current mates online. And overall, 15% of the 12000 couples have an online success story to tell. Another study by TodaysDating says 20% of couples now meet online.

Some may say it’s a sign of desperation; given the number of hours people spend on the internet chatting with people they only know by what’s on their profile. Thirty-one-year-old Painy De Vries from the Netherlands, an online dating addict thinks that online dating is the quickest route to pleasure but acknowledges the fact that it can develop into a long-term need, hence a long-term relationship.

Asked whether it shows desperation, Thabang Baeti asks: "What if the natural way of finding love has failed you?"

Chief researcher Diane Bishop of the latter study observed that the mistake most online daters make, is shying away from meeting offline. Her advice is; if a person is really looking for love, they should be willing to accommodate other traditional dating options because online dating sites is just one of the social options.

These studies are proof of the fact that online dating isn't some lost cause. And I am sure most of the couples that have succeeded online would say; if it were not for online dating sites, they wouldn't have a love story to tell. Anyone can have the chance to write their own success story. Start yours now! ;-)

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