The problem with a lot of online dating applications is that they don’t really work. Most people probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it’s more common for people to lie in their online profile than be completely honest.
Before you throw caution to the wind and empty your wallet into the pockets of an online app with the reckless abandon of a love-struck teenager, there are a few things you should know. A study of over 1,000 online daters in the US and UK conducted by global research agency Opinion Matters founds some very interesting statistics.
The odds of finding your “soul-mate” online are a lot better than you may think.
It doesn’t happen for everyone, of course, but it can happen for you.
Statistics suggest that about 1 in 5 relationships begin online nowadays.
It’s estimated that by 2040, 70% of us will have met our significant other online.
This is especially useful for those of us who are shy.
We have time to think about how we want to say things about ourselves and can avoid being tongue tied.
Over 20% of women posted photos of their younger selves. Their most common lies were about their financial situation, specifically about having a better job (financially) than they actually do.
More than 40% of men indicated that they did this, but the tactic was also employed by nearly a third of women.
Even those who are more extroverted can take time to reflect on who they really are before writing their online profile. You can meet so many more men in a lot less time than you ever could out in the real world.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and conventional wisdom both suggest that love is a fundamental human need. A survey conducted in 2013 found that 77% of people considered it “very important” to have their smartphones with them at all times.
A total of 53% of US participants admitted to having lied in their online dating profile.