Online dating doesn’t have the negative connotation attached to it that it once did. It has become widely accepted and utilized throughout our current culture. Some of the most commonly used dating sites are eHarmony, Match.com, OkCupid, Tinder, Plenty of Fish and a variety of other derivative sites.
Online dating is a great way to expedite the process of meeting different people and going on dates but, does it actually work as a matchmaker? Another question is, what are people trying to get out of online dating? Marriage? Someone to hang out with? Option value- someone to hang out with and if it turns into something special, that’s great. We’ll dive into some of the statistics of how men and women navigate their way through the complicated world of online dating.
How accurate are online dating profiles?
According to a New York Times study, about 81% of people lie about their physical attributes on their dating profile including height, weight and age. When men are deciding on who to contact on dating sites, looks matter a great deal. According to a Freakonomics study through OkCupid, an extremely attractive woman receives 4 times the messages as an average woman gets and 25 times the messages as an unattractive woman gets.
What do men and women look for when online dating?
For the most part across the board, people prefer to date someone who’s their own race. According to a Freakonomics study conducted by OkCupid, women tend to be more attracted to lawyers, doctors, firefighters and men in the military. According to a Freakonomics study, in regards to the attractiveness of your profile picture, looks matter but your weight doesn’t. People we’re more concerned with the attractiveness of the face than the weight of a person’s body.
How important is income when online dating?
A man who makes $250,000 per year gets contacted 2 ½ times as much as man who makes $50,000 per year or less and looks the same. Levels of education don’t have a direct correlation on the success of the profile. However, if you have more years of education, statistics show that you’ll make more money which will help your online dating chances if you’re a man. In addition, studies show that men care less about income than women. According to a University of Chicago study, relationships tend to be less stable and happy if the woman makes more money than the man.
It’s clear that men and women look for different things when searching for a potential mate while online dating. What’s unclear is the elusive subjective equation needed for the perfect match.
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