Online Dating: The Answer To Your Prayers

Online love connections are supported by research, as an estimated one in three Americans meet their spouses online! Further research suggests that online relationships lead to more satisfying marriages and fewer divorces than traditional, offline venues. A recent infographic provided by highlights the growing trend of romance via the web. Let’s take a look at some of these interesting figures!

Just how many active online dating users are there? A whole lot -- approximately 40 million Americans users, to be more specific! The average user spends 22 minutes on a dating site per each visit, and users dedicate an average of 12 hours a week to online dating, including searching profiles and writing e-mails. By 2005, 37 percent of Internet users had tried online dating, and 22 percent of couples who formed relationships between 2007-2009 met through the Internet!

Additional research shows that men are 3 times more likely to view as many profiles as women, and are 40 percent more likely to initiate contact with a woman after viewing her profile. On average, men reply to 25 percent of the messages they receive through dating sites, versus women who reply to 16 percent of the messages they receive.

Several studies conclude that people view online dating and offline dating as equally satisfying. Something must be working; in the last 3 years, 17 percent of married couples met their spouse via online dating sites. Statistically, that’s an average of one in six couples who met their match through the wonders of the web!

According to a recent Huffington Post article, "Americans now meet their spouse on-line...Meeting a spouse on-line is, on average, associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction and lower rates of marital break-up than meeting a spouse through traditional (off-line) venues." With online love connections on the rise, it’s no surprise that customers of dating sites spend an average of $239 per year; contributing to the booming, online dating industry that’s worth an annual $1.049 billion! Furthermore, the mobile phone dating market has an estimated worth of $550 million, and the mobile phone dating market is estimated to be worth $1.3 billion by the end of 2013!

In terms of “happily ever after,” online marriages seem to persevere! According to the Huffington Post, 8 percent of marriages initiated offline ended in breakups, versus 6 percent of couples who met online.

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