12 Shocking Statistics Behind Online Dating


For lazy daters like me, dating sites have been a godsend. Before now, you could never meet someone from the comfort of your bed while watching Law and Order and eating an embarrassing amount of queso. But that’s all changed!

49 million people have tried online dating at least once. According to the Pew Research Center, 59% of people believe “online dating is a great venue for meeting people”. Damn right it is.

However, 23% of people think online dating is desperate. Rude.

Match is actually the most popular dating site in the world with 23.5 million users. They also have the highest success rate compared to any other dating service.

Despite its notorious reputation as a hookup app, 60% of women on Tinder say they’re looking for a genuine relationship not just a fling. Umm maybe those girls should download Hinge, or Match, or The League, or literally any other app where they’re not going to receive an influx of “You up?” texts at 2AM.

More than half of all users lie on their dating profiles, with men primarily lying about their job, and women using younger/skinnier photos of themselves. It’s only 2 years old!!

While every site varies with their gender ratio, most sites attract more males with 52.4% overall compared to 47.6% females overall.

1 out of every 10 online profiles is a catfish, with Plenty of Fish having the worst reputation for catfishing. It probably doesn’t help that countless episodes of MTV’s reality show ‘Catfish’ begin with the words “Well we met on Plenty of Fish…” and end with the lead character shocked that they weren’t really talking to a 21-year-old model.

The lion’s share of online daters are between ages 18 and 24, followed by 22% ages 25 to 34; 21% ages 35 to 44; 13% ages 45 to 54; 12% ages 55 to 64, and 3% ages 65 or up.

Statistic Brain found that 64% of people said having common interests is the most important quality they’re looking for online. Shockingly, looks came in second place with only 49% of people saying it was the most important quality. This makes sense though. No matter how hot someone is, I’m not going to date the kind of person who wakes up early on weekends to go running, biking, hiking, etc.

33% of women report having sex on their first online dating encounter. Are we certain Tinder was included in this? I genuinely thought that more like 50% of women were doing it on the first date, but apparently people are classier than I thought.

According to Statistic Brain, 17% of couples who married within the last year met on a dating site, which shouldn’t be too hard to believe considering 20% of committed relationships now start online. That’s a lot of right swipes that ended in happily ever after.

Altogether, online dating is now a thriving industry with an annual revenue of $1.8 billion. Good to know these corporations are making so much money off of our loneliness.

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