Research shows the majority of singles aren’t relying on friends and family to fix them up anymore.
Online Dating is the Most Popular Way to Meet
A new study shows a rapid increase of couples meeting online, to the tune of double the amount than meeting through friends.
Researchers, Michael Rosenfeld and Sonia Hausen from Stanford University and Reuben J. Thomas, of the University of New Mexico, have published their findings in a research note called, Disintermediating your friends.
What they found is that for the very first time in the United States, is that online dating is the most popular way for heterosexual couples to meet.
The intersection of the two occurred in 2009. In the latest study released on July 15, 2019, it showed that close to 40% of singles met online in 2017, as compared to 20% who met through friends. Additionally, 11% of the couples surveyed met through co-workers, with 7% through family members.
On BBC Radio 5 Live, I spoke with presenter Sarah Brett, about this research study and the upward trend of digital dating
The simple question of, ‘How did you meet?’ was asked of 3,510 couples, with close to 40% saying they met online.
The reason for this considerable spike is everyone is attached to their mobile phones, and dating apps are so easy to use these days. Using dating apps cuts out the extra time of having a middle person like mom, dad, or your BFF wait for a reply from a friend-of-a-friend to introduce you to.
It puts fate into your own hands as you swipe left and right in search of finding your perfect match.
To those naysayers who still believe dating is the same as in 1995, where only 5% of couples met online, it’s time to grab your mobile phone and create the most irresistible profile you can. I have a feeling I can help you in your quest.
Your next relationship is just a swipe away.
Julie Spira is America’s Top Online Dating Expert and the founder of Cyber-Dating Expert. As an early adopter of the Internet, she’s been coaching singles on finding love online for 25 years.
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Julie Spira is America's Top Online Dating Expert. She's an award-winning dating coach who's been helping singles find love online for 25+ years. Follow @JulieSpira on IG.