Dating online is crucial in a society where the techniques used to form relationships are not too efficient, state a group of psychologists from Rochester University.
A dating manual which studies the dating site scene for those just divorced, especially for those that had been out of the dating scene for years, interviewed men and women about their experiences of dating since they were divorced.
The numbers of people who are out searching for love amounts to big cash outlays. Even though the divorce rate is declining, it is still very high. In 2009, which was the last year when some useful information can be found, there were well over 125,000 divorces. The mean age of divorce now stands at 44 years for men and 41 years for women. This is the group that is keen to spend out money on seeking love.
Jupiter Research revealed that the average online dating seeker belongs to three dating sites and, in total as a group, they spend nearly ₤250,000 each year in online dating site subscriptions. It’s a large business and increasing.
The research findings, even though not scientific, had some common features for this particular age group, who had decided to seek love either through a dating agency or through a dating site. The women were far more radical and choosy about what they intended to get from a man. Of the nearly 40 people most of them professional, all had plenty of money, every one of them had children and they were aged between 38 years and 55 years.
The customary dating agency path was not favoured by any one of those interviewed. They said they were too expensive, that the agencies had no interest in the people and they only had an interest in money and not relationships. The interviewees all agreed that, if you were a man, then the dating agency method was preferred, as the numbers of males to females registered was about one third men to two thirds women, but in summary all had a preference for the internet.