If you haven’t found quite what you’re looking for on an online dating site, you aren’t alone.
Two thirds of online daters—66%—tell us that they have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or dating app.
Other factors may be programmed into the genome, but we are only beginning to sort out what is what—and sex isn't either/or anymore. In order to look more deeply at an under-recognized yet crucial dimension of modern mating which may shape our increasingly online dating preferences, Hallam and colleagues repeated prior studies with an important twist.
In addition to teasing apart the nuances of online dating the way earlier research has, they added “sociosexuality” to the usual suspects, like sex, age, reported motivations for online dating, and so on.
About one-in-five 18- to 24-year olds (22%) now report using mobile dating apps; in 2013, only 5% reported doing so.
One-third of people who have used online dating have never actually gone on a date with someone they met on these sites.
It’s common knowledge that men are more interested in casual sex and women are more interested in commitment, yes?We have to watch out when making assumptions about sex differences, because we may invent reasons to justify our socially-determined beliefs.Perhaps many of the observed differences in mating are due to cultural factors, and assumed to be principally genetic?That is a substantial increase from the 43% of online daters who had actually progressed to the date stage when we first asked this question in 2005.But it still means that one-third of online daters have not yet met up in real life with someone they initially found on an online dating site.