For many, but not all internet daters, the aim is to meet someone new in the flesh. (2008) found that 51% of people had made a face-to-face date within one week and one month of receiving replies to their online overtures. It’s only after this stage is complete that people can get to know each other.This first meeting is often treated by internet daters as the final part of the screening process (Whitty & Carr, 2006). Despite all the positive things the research has to say about internet dating, there’s no doubt that it can be unsatisfying and aversive. (2008) reported that they spent 7 times as long screening other people’s profiles and sending emails than they did interacting face-to-face on real dates.In this respect online dating is no different from offline dating.On average people are looking for someone about the same as themselves.
To examine internet dating diversity, Dutton et al.
The one-third response rate, which is backed up by academic research (Rosen et al., 2008), is partly because many internet dating accounts are dead. In a study of online dating, Rosen et al., (2008) found evidence that more intense emotionality, e.g.
oktrends also found that longer messages only yield a small improvement in response rate for men and nothing for women. using words like ‘excited’ and ‘wonderful’, made a better impression on both men and women.
This is more of a criticism of the technology currently available than it is of the general idea of internet dating. (2008) argue that this will change as online dating services move towards more experiential methods, such as virtual dates (see: why internet dating is aversive).
There’s only limited data about how well internet dating works and most of this research examined heterosexual daters. (2008) found that 29% of their sample had found serious relationships through internet dating. (2009) found that about 6% of married couples had met online in the UK, 5% in Spain and 9% in Australia.