Does online dating lead to marriage
SOURCE: Consumer Reports "It's clear that online dating websites play a major role in the lives of many consumers — we invest a tremendous amount of time, money and emotional energy.It really is a consumer issue worthy of our attention." said Margot Gilman, money editor for Consumer Reports.The red line represents meeting online, and the bright blue line represents meeting through friends.Graph taken from “The Strength of Absent Ties: Social Integration via Online Dating” by Josue Ortega and Philipp Hergovich.The more important people for your romantic life existed in your outer circle—people introduced to you by your close friends and family, folks you’d run into at places you hung out, someone you’d meet in class or at church.Your dating network was the next step out from your inner circle.With so many people making connections like this these days, there’s a cross-pollination of social circles that didn’t exist previously, the researchers believe.
The now infamous infidelity dating site Ashley Madison, which was one of the most expensive, was also the lowest-scoring online dating service, with a score of 37.
More than half, or 53 percent, of single people have created a dating profile, according to Match's recent Singles in America study, which polled over 5,000 single men and women in December.