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Where should you look for your future partner?

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

A behavioural study revealed that more than twice as many couples who got married in 2009 met through online dating sites than at clubs, bars or other social forums combined. One in six marriages are now between people who met through an internet matchmaking service highlighting the reach of online dating, the studies of more than 11,000 people found.

Where did people meet their partner(s)?

  • 1st – Most popular way of meeting a partner was through work and school accounting for 36% of liaisons over the last three years.
  • 2nd – Hooking up through a friend or family member at 26%.
  • 3rd – Getting together through an online dating site is the third most popular meeting way at 17%
  • 4th – Bars/clubs and other social events came in at 11%

Online differences

Dr Jeff Gavin, a psychology lecturer at the University of Bath, has researched the social science behind the sites.  His study centres on computer-mediated communication (CMC).  Essentially, how we talk and relate to people through computers and the internet.

  • We also tend to ask more questions online, and give more intimate answers, than when communicating face-to-face. So we make up for the ‘missing’ information like facial expressions.
  • “It’s natural that people want to paint themselves in the best light, so most tend to describe themselves in a positive way, and upload flattering photos,” Gavin says. “But I think that’s just like making an effort before going to a nightclub. When you’re on the pull – be it online or in a club, most people try to look their best. It may not be the way you look first thing in the morning, but it’s not dishonest.”

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On average we spends £800 a year on dates

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment

According to 2009 surveys by YouGov and Maestro, there are 8.6 million UK adults actively dating, roughly half the total number of singletons.  What happens to the other half of singletons that aren’t looking?  Perhaps, they are put off by the costs involved in taking someone out on a date.

The Costs

The cost of the average date is £206.87, the financial brunt of which is mostly borne by men, although women spend almost as much (£191.38) on clothes, hair and beauty products in preparation. At the national average of four dates each per year, this equates to a total dating market value of more than £8 billion.  Is it really worth spending £800 a year to meet someone  or is that money better spent having fun with the hope that you might meet someone with similar tastes at such venues or on such holidays?

Geographic Differences

  • The highest spenders on average are the Welsh
  • The highest ratio of single women to men is found in Glasgow
  • The lowest ratio of single women to men is in Reading

Why use online dating?

  • 4.7 million people claim to have used a dating website in the past year
  • 1 in 5 marriages of 19-25 year olds started online
  • Some 43% of people use Google to check out a first date

Perhaps, it is time to forget the stigma and give online dating a chance.

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