After the tutorial, it was best for me focus on an aspect of dating and I have chosen to do on Online dating. I did my research on online dating compiling its brief history and statistics. Here are my findings. I may or may not include all the statistics though.
1965: Project TACT provides computerized matchmaking via surveyed info in NYC
1990 -1994: Chatrooms and Instant Messaging through AOL exploded with traffic
1994: Apple Quicktake 100 and Kodak DC40 cameras were released. Display pictures became common
1995: match.com goes live. 75M people since 1995.
1998: Internet dating goes mainstream after the release of the movie “You’ve got mail”.
2004: Dating goes mobile.
2005: 37% of single Internet users were dating online
2010: Premium online dating sites gross over $1 Billion
> Half of women dating online are divorced.
- One quarter are in their 20s
- One quarter are in their 30s.
- The rest are in their 40s and 50s.
> Adults with obligations and family don’t have time to meet new people. Online methods get around this issue.
> Online daters often lie about their information.
- - 60% had lied about their weight
- - 48% lied about their height
- - 19% had lied about their age.
> 66% of online daters have gone on a date with someone they met through an online dating site or app.
> 7% of smartphone users have used a dating app.
> Online dating is the third most popular meeting spots of newlyweds
> 2 years average time it takes for couples who meet online to get married.
> 23% of couples who married met on a dating site
> 1 in 5 singles are currently in a committed relationship with someone they met on a dating site.
Most important factor in finding a potential partner according to many online daters:
- 42% physical characteristics
- 58% common interests