Online Dating: Is Everybody Really Doing it?
Remember when you were a kid and you wanted to go somewhere or do something but the only way to explain it to your parents was to say those dreaded words "everybody's doing it". In which you were quickly asked the stupidest question in the world; "If everybody was jumping off the bridge, would you do it too?" Well, the answer to that question today may surprise you. According to the US Census, 44% of American Adults are single; 40% have tried online dating.
Well it doesn't take a mathematician to figure out that these are pretty good numbers if you are looking for love. Let me break it down even further, that would mean that in the US, there are over 100 million potential mates available and of that number, oh about 40 million people that have jumped off that bridge and landed smack dab into the world wide web and are floating around inside internet dating sites looking for you
The question now becomes what happens next. Well, according to Sex in America: A Definitive Survey, 63% of married couples met through a network of friends. What have I been telling you about chatting with any and everybody? It's the best way to meet people and make new friends....right? And even if you come across someone that is not right for you (as a potential love interest), they could very well be your next best friend and the cupid to your love connection. Keep in mind these additional numbers. There are 86 single men for every 100 single women. Now these numbers alter slightly depending on where you live. Ladies, good states for us include Nevada, Florida and Arizona.
Your perfect partner could be online right now...
What are you looking for?
The really cool thing about online dating is that it doesn't matter where you are...right now. You can communicate with anyone anywhere and all you need is a computer and an internet provider. Online dating not only covers the meet and greet portion of dating it's also serves to cultivate relationships too. People often use the internet to not only look for potential mates, but to flirt, ask someone out, check that person out (google ‘em), and even look for locations to go out on that first date.
Now if you're still stuck in that old fashioned way of thinking, "let's just go down to the local bar", it may be of some interest to you to know that only 9% of women and 2% of men say that they've actually found a relationship at a bar. And according to a report released by Pew Internet & American Life Project, even those that have not used a online dating site (yet), 31% of American adults knows someone that has. 26% know someone who's gone on a date and 15% knows someone that been in a long-term relationship or married someone that they met online.
Don't let the numbers fool you or scare you, but the reality is that the people that are the most scarred about dating online, are the one's that have never done it. Makes sense? They don't know any better. So, why are you still reading or listening to this article? Don't you have some online dating to do?
Oh yeah, one more stat before I go, it took some economists at MIT and some University in Chicago to do a study to tell you what I've been saying since day one...women and men who post a photo as a part of their profile had 15 times the response rate and those without...are you still here?
This is Leticia...and the numbers don't lie!
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