• Men view three times as many profiles as women and are 40 percent more likely to initiate contact with a woman after viewing her profile.• Men replied to 25 percent of the messages they received through one site; women replied to only 16 percent of the messages they got. Well, Wolf Whistle, what I do is, I click on this button that says “bar user” and wait for Late38 and Hung Man to tell me how much they like me. Is this tailored matchmaking the reason why internet dating has become so popular? There are dedicated websites, as I discovered, for the not-so-happily married; the beautiful – where existing members assess whether you deserve to join them – and the wealthy (bank statements are checked by Cupid’s bean counters), not to mention the overweight, every religion going, wine lovers, disabled people, classical music aficionados and single parents. In recent years there has been a dramatic fragmentation in the online dating industry, currently worth billion globally.I for one find my online experience irrationally compelling.• 22 percent of couples who formed relationships between 20 met through the Internet.• 81 percent of online daters provided inaccurate data on their profiles regarding height, weight or age.
“Our unique selling point is dating around people’s workplaces.
• One study found that people view online dating and offline dating as equally satisfying.
Of course, data tell one story; you can tell another.
Much was made of the fact they had met via the internet, where half-truths, lies and misrepresentation are commonplace.
But 17 per cent of newly married couples now meet this way and one in five single people has dated someone online. According to Brett Harding, founder and managing director of Lovestruck.com, not all dating sites are the same, nor are the vetting procedures – if any – employed.