Before you throw caution to the wind and empty your wallet into the pockets of an online app with the reckless abandon of a love-struck teenager, there are a few things you should know. A study of over 1,000 online daters in the US and UK conducted by global research agency Opinion Matters founds some very interesting statistics.
A total of 53% of US participants admitted to having lied in their online dating profile.
If you want to think about dating as a numbers game (and apparently many people do), you could probably swipe left/right between 10 to 100 times in the span of time that it would take you to interact with one potential date in ‘real life’.
With the popularity of sites like e Harmony, match.com, Ok Cupid and countless others, the stigma of online dating has diminished considerably in the last decade.
It’s very easy to send one course back (or even one after another) when the menu is overflowing with other potential courses.Of course, there are plenty more do’s and do not’s of online dating, but I guess the most important thing here is to use your common sense. You don’t necessarily have to develop a ‘trust no-one and sleep with one eye open’ approach to online dating, but it is probably worthwhile to have a healthy degree of skepticism in general.Never mind the fact that more than one-third of all people who use online dating sites have never actually gone on a date with someone they met online, those that somehow do manage to find someone else they are willing to marry who is willing to marry them (a vanishingly tiny subset of online daters) face an uphill battle.Browsing profiles isn’t nearly as time-consuming (or daunting) as mixing with people in a social context.Statistics suggest that about 1 in 5 relationships begin online nowadays.It’s estimated that by 2040, 70% of us will have met our significant other online.The problem with a lot of online dating applications is that they don’t really work. Most people probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it’s more common for people to lie in their online profile than be completely honest.Online dating does represent the convenience of being able to meet others that you possibly never would have otherwise, but women should be aware that they probably will receive rude/disgusting messages from horny guys, sexual propositions/requests, dick pics, and a lot of creepy vibes.Let’s be honest, the internet is really just a super elaborate and sophisticated farce designed to distract you from having your pockets picked by greasy conmen in cheap suits, right?According to the Association for Psychological Science, reviewing multiple candidates causes people to be more judgmental and inclined to dismiss a not-quite-perfect candidate than they otherwise would be in a face-to-face meeting. Many of the pictures of the women I have met had much younger pictures on their profile.I'd guess 5-10 years younger than they actually are. I also agree on most of the points about safety and security for women, but men can be scammed and robbed by women purporting to be interested in them. One other point - why does Psy Today allow comments like those posted? It doesn't matter if the picture was taken 5 years ago because it's the same person. The research indicates that men are initially attracted to a women's looks and women are ultimately attracted to a man's income/stability he may provide.