You have expectations of meeting someone just right for you.It seems quick, easy and painless, and the odds of finding true love are pretty good.
Commentators claim the advantages of internet dating include: convenience and ease of access to a large number of potential partners, particularly for individuals interested in partners of a specific orientation, lifestyle, or if they live in an isolated area; the opportunity for determining common interests and chatting before actually meeting face-to-face; the chance to control the seriousness and speed of relationships being sought; and access to the compatibility ‘matching’ profiles of many sites.
However, there can also be negatives and users should exercise some caution with dating and romance scams accounting for over 30 per cent of total reported scam losses to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
In general, survey respondents reported that dating websites and apps benefited everyone, but were most useful to lonely or isolated people, or younger people and/or teenagers (figure 4). Online dating industry report: A report on the ACCC’s participation in the 16th International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network (ICPEN) internet sweep, Commonwealth of Australia.
Did you know that there are 54 million single people in the United States, and 40 million of them have tried online dating?
Figure 3 shows that more than one-quarter of survey respondents used online dating to find long-term relationships, followed by relationships for fun (men-10%, women-7%).
Men (60%) were significantly more likely than women (42%) to consider online dating as safe.
This is ahead of other traditional channels including interest-based clubs, holidays, pubs or bars, work and social networking sites.
Reduced stigma has promoted increases in online dating at all ages.
Over the past two decades there has been an increasing trend towards people using the internet and dating applications to meet new partners.
While there are no official statistics on the number of Australians using online dating sites, with industry bodies claim that around 4.5 million Australians are using this dating method each year, with online dating being the second most preferred way to meet a new partner behind introductions through family and friends.