As we move into the last years of this decade, technology seems to be taking over every aspect of our human life and the social facet has become no exception. A little over a decade ago, online dating wasn’t an accepted approach to meeting people and had faced a lot of negative response. Today, however, a lot of people seem to be more open-minded about the opportunities it presents and attitudes toward online dating has definitely changed.
In 2005 44% of Americans felt online dating was a good way to meet people. In 2013 that number had risen to 59%. There were 91 million people worldwide that used dating apps last year. In the United States alone 40 million people use online dating services, which account for 40% of the entire American single-people population. It’s popularity being found higher among people in their mid-20s to mid-40s.
The rising trend towards online dating has created a lot of attention from interested parties and the subject is being studied from different angles. Every year more and more studies are conducted to understand why this technology driven social phenomenon is gaining increasing popularity and the effects it has on this generation. So what is so fascinating about online dating that has people running to it?
Datingsitesreviews.com says that people love the convenience factor that online dating provides. They appreciate that instead of spending a lot of time and money on trying to find a suitable partner, you can search through profiles at the convenience of your home by signing up for a reasonable membership fee.
UChicago News basing its report on a study done by the University of Chicago writes, meeting online also may provide a larger pool of prospective marriage partners, along with advance screening in the case of dating services. And although deception often occurs online, studies suggest that people are relatively honest in online dating encounters; the lies tend to be minor misrepresentations of weight or height.
Meeting online leads to happier and more enduring marriages. Based on their research, marriages that begin online are 25% more likely to last than marriages that begin in traditional ways. Couples who met online had higher marital satisfaction and lower rates of marital breakups.
The past few years have shown us the concept’s rise in popularity but there still are cynics, who aren’t yet convinced that the internet is the right path to finding “The One”. There are also a few others that seem to complain about the overabundance of choice online dating provides, claiming that it has made it difficult for them to focus on a single person.
Amy Webb, author of Data, A love story, suggests that a person who decides to go onto online dating have a clear understanding of exactly what it is that they are looking for. Online dating offers a heap of opportunities and it can be difficult to try and pick one among many. But figuring out the set of opportunities that are appealing to oneself can make the selection process a lot easier.
Be a supporter or a skeptic, if finding love is one of your new year’s resolutions, the world of online dating is presenting you with the opportunity to try out your luck this Sunday. What’s so special about this Sunday, you might ask. Well, according to a report by Match.com, the first Sunday of the New Year is the busiest day for online dating. That day also coined “Dating Sunday” is apparently the day most single people try their New Year’s first luck in finding a possible partner. This time is also a great time for online dating because break ups are high during the holidays and people are out there looking for someone new to share the New Year with. Hence, plenty of fish in the sea.