Perhaps that’s why it’s a bit of a running joke in France to have a Tinder profile saying something like: “We’ll tell people we met at a museum.” More diversity but also more exclusivity As dating websites become more and more popular in France, they’re evolving, becoming more socially diverse but also more targeted.
“We’re seeing a strong segmentation of sites that target specific populations: people of a certain age, location, social groups, or religion,” said Bergstrom. Online dating comes in fifth place after nights out with friends or nights in at friends homes.
“The democratization of dating websites is becoming a ‘segregated democratization’.” Some websites, like Attractive World, require the current members to vote on new members, ensuring a certain exclusivity and uniformity of users. “Among people who met their current partner between 20, less than 9% met each other on this type of site,” said Bergstrom.
Most people in the survey said online dating gets them “occasional dates” or flings, but not serious relationships.
This lines up with how the French view dating websites.
In the 26-30 range, there are more men than women on these sites, perhaps because men tend to get into serious relationships later than women.
But this disparity balances out with age and then eventually reverses.
Only about half of internet daters will easily discuss their online escapades to friends and family.
And the rest say they’ll admit it only to a select few.
French films like Amelie and French perfume commercials have programmed us to believe that natural, exciting, electrifying, romance inevitably materializes simply by setting foot in the country.