Everything You Think You Know About Online Dating Is Wrong
Despite online dating being widely accepted in society, most people still have this false perception of how the online dating culture works. Probably, the idea of “mail order brides” still hovers over their heads. That may have been true decades ago, but dating through the internet is nothing like that today.
Facts about Online Dating Based on Statistics
How different is online dating now from online dating then? Here are statistics that might help you understand how vast the difference is.
The New Way of Meeting People
The Pew Research Center conducted a survey in 2005 asking people about how they viewed dating or meeting people online. The same study was done in 2015 and here are the results:
- Do you agree with this statement: online dating is a good way to meet people. 44% said yes in 2005. Compare that to 59% in 2015.
- Do you agree with this statement: people who use online dating sites are desperate. 29% agreed in 2005 while 23% agreed with the statement on the latest survey.
People from Your Age Bracket Could be Online Dating
Here is another set of statistics coming from the Pew Research Center. Pew conducted another survey asking particular age groups if they have ever used a dating site or dating app before. We will compare the results Pew has gotten from 2013 and 2015:
- There was an increase in the number of users at the age of 18-24 y.o. who use dating apps and sites. In 2013, the result was only around 10% of this demographic who took the survey. In 2015, however, the number increased to 27%.
- Another significant increase was observed in the age bracket of 55-64y.o users. In 2015, more mature users tried dating sites or dating apps. The number of users in this age bracket has increased from just 6% in 2013 to 12% in 2015.
The data tell us that more and more people are accepting online dating as an alternative to real life dating. Although there’s still scepticism, the numbers don’t lie. With the rate dating apps are being used today, there’s a good chance that the figures will go up in the next few years. Do check out more of our dating tips on our blog! Don’t forget to share this post on all your social media profiles.