Even if you haven’t tried online dating before, it’s impossible to ignore its existence. Online dating is dramatically growing year on year and shows no signs of slowing down. Although online dating was originally thought to be for the extremely lonely or weirdoes, it has gained acceptance in our society and now caters to people from all walks of life. In fact, it has become so popular there are some very niche online dating sites to cater for anybody’s tastes. So, how much do you know about online dating? Here are a few facts that most people don’t know about the world of online dating:
The Concept Isn’t New
Using personal ads to find a soul mate and fall in love isn’t a new concept. In fact, online dating is essentially a twist on an idea that’s been around for centuries. As early as the 18th Century, men who were looking for love would advertise their credentials in a local newspaper to find a soul mate. There were even agencies back then that would provide professional love matches for a fee (sound familiar?!).
Online Dating is Over 50 Years Old
The idea for modern online dating was found at New York’s World Fair in 1964. The fair featured a giant computer that matched people up with pen pals from all over the world. People would fill out a questionnaire with information about themselves and instantly become matched with a like-minded person. This idea was then applied to people who wanted to find a match closer to home and online dating was born.
One Third of Marriages Start Online
The popularity of online dating has risen to such an extent that over one-third of marriages in the US last year began online. The figures have been steadily increasing over the last decade and it’s predicted that in the near future more people will meet online than any other way. Of these marriages, almost 50% met on an online dating site while the rest met through social media, chat rooms, online forums, and random webcam sites.
Online Relationships Have the Highest Success Rate
Recent studies have shown that people who meet online enjoy a longer and happier relationship than those who met offline. There are a couple of factors which are said to be responsible for this. First, online dating offers a much wider range of people than the average person would meet in their day to day life giving a higher chance of meeting a soul mate. Secondly, the ability to search people by interests, eye color, height, location etc. allows people to teak their potential matches and find someone who shares their views and beliefs.
There’s Online Dating Sites for Ghosts and Pets
No, that’s not a typing error! The online dating scene has found many niches and these are two of the strangest. Ghostsingles.com offers to match male and female ghosts for ‘eternity’ with profiles, singles chat, and advanced search options! Another strange online dating site is petsdating.com, which offers to connect your pet with other pets in the area.