It’s estimated that by 2040, 70% of us will have met our significant other online.
The popularity of online dating is being driven by several things but a major factor is time.
Online dating presents an effective solution to a serious problem.
More and more of us insist on outsourcing our love-lives to spreadsheets and algorithms.
According to the Pew Research Center, the overwhelming majority of Americans suggest that online dating is a good way to meet people.
A total of 53% of US participants admitted to having lied in their online dating profile.
Women apparently lied more than men, with the most common dishonesties being about looks.
"The gender-switched male may even like the feeling of power and control over other males that goes along with this switch.” (Somewhat relatedly, Suler suggests that being a female in certain online games “may be advantageous.”) For some, posing as a woman online is a form of detective work," he says.
“Some males may adopt a feminine identity to investigate male/female relationships.”Then there is the possibility of repressed same-sex desires: “Disguised as a female, a male looking for intimacy, romance, and/or cybersex from another male may be acting upon conscious or unconscious homosexual feelings.” This brings to mind the recent example of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who says he tricked Manti Te'o into believing that he was a woman -- online and by phone -- because he was secretly in love with the Notre Dame linebacker.
Many are just ‘fad’ applications that squeeze money from punters with no intention of matching you with a suitable partner. 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.
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.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and conventional wisdom both suggest that love is a fundamental human need. A survey conducted in 2013 found that 77% of people considered it “very important” to have their smartphones with them at all times.