Now that it’s an acceptable and “normal” option, how do we play the online dating game and win?
Two thirds of online daters—66%—tell us that they have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or dating app.
That is a substantial increase from the 43% of online daters who had actually progressed to the date stage when we first asked this question in 2005.
Women are especially likely to enlist a friend in helping them craft the perfect profile—30% of female online daters have done this, compared with 16% of men.
5% of Americans who are in a marriage or committed relationship say they met their significant other online.
(If you’re still at a loss, at least mark “modesty” as one of your chief virtues.) Just don’t get carried away.
Getting hyperbolic about your achievements may attract a few more interested parties, but it’s a bad idea to misrepresent yourself. And while you’re being honest, remember to be clear on your “non-negotiables”.
Selling Yourself is the Same On and Offline Think of your online dating profile as a first impression that you actually get to plan out ahead of time. If you’re having a hard time putting your romantic c.v.
together, consider asking your friends what they love about spending time with you.
Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.
To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.
But it still means that one-third of online daters have not yet met up in real life with someone they initially found on an online dating site.