One major online dating site found that around 50 per cent of those using the internet to look for a prospective mate are quite embarrassed about it, afraid to admit they’re looking for love through a dating website.
Online dating has become more popular than ever, research indicates, as around 35 per cent of Brits have made use of the internet to find a partner in the past. However, there still seems to be a stigma associated with meeting someone over the internet, as only 18 per cent of those surveyed said they felt comfortable telling everyone they were using a website to find a date. Moreover, around 32 per cent reported only informing their relatives that they were using a dating site, leaving off telling their friends out of fear of ridicule.
One survey respondent said that they have yet to tell anyone they are registered because they feared they would be mocked. The member says that even though he is enjoying his experience with the dating site, whenever he goes out to meet a woman from the site, he tells his friends that he met her at a local bar, as his friends already mock him for being less than successful with the ladies.
However, dating sites are not just for those hopeless singletons who can’t seem to get a date. In fact, research indicates that around half of a given website’s registered members have only been single for two years or less; most modern Brits are so busy with their lives that they lack the time to go out and meet new people, which means that the people who make up the membership of these sites are quite often successful professionals.