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The Psychology Behind Online Dating

Psychology of online Dating

Although online dating has been around for over 20 years, it’s no secret that online dating has become a pop-culture phenomenon over the last several years. Singles seem to be obsessed about their online dates and the quest for find their one in 40 million has become a daily activity.

According to a recent Pew study, online dating has lost much of its stigma – so much so that a majority of Americans now think that it’s a good way to meet people – See more at: https://www.elearners.com/online-degrees/psychology/psychology-of-online-dating/#sthash.4RbBRnpb.dpuf
According to a recent Pew study, online dating has lost much of its stigma – so much so that a majority of Americans now think that it’s a good way to meet people – See more at: https://www.elearners.com/online-degrees/psychology/psychology-of-online-dating/#sthash.4RbBRnpb.dpuf
According to a recent Pew study, online dating has lost much of its stigma – so much so that a majority of Americans now think that it’s a good way to meet people – See more at: https://www.elearners.com/online-degrees/psychology/psychology-of-online-dating/#sthash.4RbBRnpb.dpuf

According to a Pew Internet research study, the stigma of online dating has pretty much dissipated, with the majority of Americans thinking Internet dating is a good way to meet.

According to a recent Pew study, online dating has lost much of its stigma – so much so that a majority of Americans now think that it’s a good way to meet people – See more at: https://www.elearners.com/online-degrees/psychology/psychology-of-online-dating/#sthash.4RbBRnpb.dpuf

In fact, in 2011 Match.com reported that one in five relationships start online. While it may seem like a simple process- upload a photo, write a little bit about yourself and then find people who you “match” with- the psychology behind it is very interesting.

Mobile dating apps are all the rage with 66% of online daters saying they’ve gone on a date with someone they’ve met through a mobile app.

Here are some interesting facts you might not be aware of.

Evolutionary Psychology of Online Dating

One area of psychology that can be connected to online dating is evolutionary psychology. Evolutionary psychology attempts to explain useful mental and psychological traits, including perception of others.

Physical Attractiveness

As humans, we have a tendency to attribute positive characteristics like intelligence or honesty to those who we think are physically attractive. Evolutionary psychologists have argued that this may be because physical characteristics can be indicative of fertility and health, which are important to our survival and reproduction as a species.  Research has also shown that couples tend to be similarly matched in attractiveness.  In most cases, people determine whether a potential partner is attractive, evaluate whether they would be categorized as more, less or equally attractive and then decide whether to move forward based on this information. It’s all about psychology, people!

Lying and Deception

Another interesting topic regarding the evolutionary psychology of online dating is the topic of lying and deception. While 94% of online daters deny their profile contains any false advertising, I think most people can attest to the fact that that number is inflated. Why do people feel the need to lie on their profiles? And what type of repercussions could this have on their dating life when their date finds out about the fibs?
To learn more about the psychology behind online dating, check out this infographic from eLearners.

Julie Spira is America’s Top Online Dating Expert and Digital Matchmaker. She’s the founder of CyberDatingExpert.com, where they create Irresistible Profiles for singles on the dating scene and is the host of #DateChat on Twitter on Thursdays at 5pm/PT, 8pm/ET. For more online dating advice, follow @JulieSpira on Twitter and sign up for the free Weekly Flirt newsletter.

Dating and Love in a Web 2.0 World [infographic]

Dating in a Virtual World

We love Infographics showing the latest trends in online and social dating and couldn’t wait to share this latest one with you.

Some old standards remain to this day, including 49% of singles look at physical characteristics and 64% are interested in dating someone with common interests, but 27% of women are reporting they’ve been dumped in an email, text, or IM. Guys, where are your digital manners? We’re still happy though that 54% of men have experienced love at first sight, so romance is still alive and well.

Since “Brunette” is the new “black,” we had to point out that 60% of men prefer dark hair over blonde.

Enjoy!

~The Cyber-Dating Expert Team

Infographic: Dating in a Virtual World
Dating in a Virtual World by Free Dating.co.uk

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Looking for Love Online – The Business of Online Dating [Infographic]

MBA Programs - Looking for Love Online [infographic]

Looking for Love Online? You’re not alone as the online dating industry has more than doubled in revenue in the past five years.

Internet dating has been the featured topic of many Infographics that we’ve added to our pinboard on Pinterest.

The latest one comes from MBA Programs, which includes the sub-title of our book, Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online, so we couldn’t resist sharing it with you.

As they ponder if online dating really works and tell us who lies the most, we wonder why men would only knock off two pounds and 1/2 an inch off their true weight and height.? Do you think online daters rush to the alter three times faster than those who have met offline?

We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Enjoy!

~The Cyber-Dating Expert Team

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