It used to be thought that online dating was for people who couldn’t find a date in the real world. That is definitely not the case any more. There’s been a huge surge in people using dating sites to find that special someone. From sites where your friends describe you and all your best bits (hopefully!) – like mysinglefriend.com– to sites specific to your job.
While some people are still quite secretive about their love of online dating sites, most people now openly talk about people they’ve met through these sites. We are living in a very fast-paced world and not everyone has the time to get out and about to find a date; even if they can get out, there’s no guarantee they’ll find someone they click with.
It’s our busy schedules that have made online dating a necessity to meet someone. Because so many people have had success with dating in this way, others are starting to see it as a legitimate method of finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.
With access to smartphones and tablets, it’s easy to meet someone online. Gone are stereotypes of someone sitting alone in front of their computer desperately trying to find someone to date.
It’s easy to review matches, look at profiles and chat wherever you are thanks to the wonders of mobile internet.
One in five UK relationships now starts online. This is a huge statistic that really shows how we are embracing online dating sites as well as how well they work.
Meeting someone online is the third most popular way to find a date, according to a survey by YouGov. It comes in only behind meeting through a friend or meeting someone at a bar.
The gender split across most dating sites is 50:50, which is great news for men and women alike.
The recent recession has also helped dating sites grow more popular as it’s much more affordable to search for a date from the comfort of your home than it is in a pub or bar. Niche dating sites are still growing in popularity, so no matter who you are or what you’re into, there’s a dating site out there for you.
One of the biggest markets is the over 50 age group. They spend more time looking at a dating site, and go on more dates, than any other group.
What’s next for online dating?
Online dating is becoming one of those things that everyone has tried and in the future there’s no doubt that even more people will find success with it. It’s estimated that by 2031 more than half of couples will have met online.
Over the next decade it’s also estimated that the 55-64 year-old market will grow by 30%. They’ll also be using the internet more and will be one of the largest groups in the online dating world.
We’ve definitely embraced online dating and that taboo is on its way out – if not erased completely.