In a 2013 article on Women’s Health magazine’s website, author Jessica Gross writes, “Online dating [had by 2013 become] the second-most common way couples meet, with 30 to 40 per cent of singles trying out some 1,500 services, from sites to apps.
So if you’re single and don’t want to be, shunning digital dating is kinda, well, dumb.” Whatever you think of it, online dating does offer great convenience and flexibility, with at-home access to countless partner prospects locally, across the country, and even abroad—it’s a global phenomenon.
The convenience of online dating has exploded its popularity in recent years.
Sites like Ok Cupid and e Harmony make it possible to meet that special someone without ever having to leave your couch, while Tinder and similar apps let you browse for nearby singles right from your smartphone. have used an online dating service or dating app at some point.
So how do these online dating sites work, and is there anything good for retirees who are looking to reconnect?
Basically, online dating services amount to two-way want ads for partners, and many sites cater specifically to retirees, although the larger companies have plenty of members in the upper age brackets.
They agree that online dating allows some people to find a better match because they can get to know a lot more people.
A growing number of men and women who are looking for love give online dating the thumbs up.
However, overall, internet users are split in their view of online dating; while 44% agree that internet dating is a “good way to meet people,” the same percentage disagree with that statement. Online men (48%) have a greater tendency to see the benefits of online dating when compared with online women (41%).
And, in general, the younger the internet user, the more likely he or she is to rate the services favorably.
Rural internet users are less likely than urban or suburban users to think that online dating is a good way to meet people; 38% of rural users agree that online dating is a good choice, compared with 48% of urban users and 44% of suburban users.
Although the average internet user is not as enamored with online dating as their single and seeking counterparts, they do see the benefits of finding someone online.