Does Online Dating really work? A look at a recent study

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35% of married couples reported meeting online, a recent study from Harvard finds. This study surveyed 20,000 couples who are married between 2005 and 2012, and the results proved it: online dating works! (full disclosure: this study is sponsored by



Online Dates Are Intimidating

Online dating can be intimidating, you hear of all these horror stories, we’ve watched Youtube videos, such as the one above, of social experiments to men reacting to meeting women online (and how mean they can be). We also know that most of these sites, such as Tinder, is primarily a “hook-up” place where most of the men are looking for sex, not a relationship, and on top of that, recently on May 7, 2015 Business Insider also reported that 42% of them are also married or in a relationship. Given all the horror first-dates stories we’ve heard, it’s a scary place on there!



Are Men Just Looking For Sex?

I did my own experiment and asked 100 random guys if they would have sex with me, on a dating platform, and received an overwhelming 98 “YES!”. This sort of confirm my theory that many men are online looking for sex.

So is it worth the trouble?

Well, in addition to the 35% success rate, these couples also reported a lower divorce rate (6% instead of 8% of those who met offline). It is difficult to find the men who are looking for something real, but they are there. I suggest using paid sites to get better results than free online platforms. The more expensive the subscription, the more likely it is that you will find more quality men who are looking for something real. 

in addition to the 35% success rate, these couples also reported a lower divorce rate

I would probably use Tinder mainly to meet cool people and perhaps go do something fun I’ve been wanting to try, but for an actual relationship I will choose subscription based services such as Match or Eharmony. Trust your instincts, screen potential dates, and have fun dating!




Marital satisfaction and break-ups differ across on-line and off-line meeting venues John T. Cacioppoa,1, Stephanie Cacioppoa , Gian C. Gonzagab , Elizabeth L. Ogburnc , and Tyler J. VanderWeelec a Department of Psychology, Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637; b Gestalt Research, Santa Monica, CA 90403; and c Department of Epidemiology, Harvard University, Boston, MA 02115



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