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Date: 31. May 2016

Five Uplifting Reasons to Keep Swiping!
Online Dating Studies Reveal a Few Positive Facts

If you have been online dating for a while, you will know that it can be hit-and-miss. And that it can take a lot of patience in order to find the right person. Sometimes it can get downright depressing when you meet singles who are unemployed, have lied about numerous things such as height, age and even location! For those who feel like they’re suffering from online dating burnout, however, there are a number of studies which can help to cheer you up…

Initial Impressions: Love at First Site

Statistic Brain reveals that 71% of singles who are online dating believe in the idea that “love at first site” exists. This fact is rather uplifting, especially considering just cynical a lot of people out there can be! Romance is something that can still be enjoyed through various mediums: profiles, photos and emails. And of course you never know, you could fall madly in love with someone over a glass of wine and a chat about your favourite author.

Second Chances for All! carried out an annual study entitled “Singles in America” which takes a close look at online dating statistics. Though primarily focused on the USA, it can be indicative of the general habits of singles globally. According to this study, 50% of singles feel , that a person can “grow” on them. This means that even if you don’t think you made the best impression on the first meeting, there’s no need to worry! A second date is still quite possible. Most people these days know that love isn’t something that knocks you out straight away! Sometimes, it tends to be more of a slow boil!

Slow-Burning Passion

A lot of the superficial things that get people talking to one another on dating apps and sites –such as winks or likes- can seem as though they rely heavily on looks. It is true that arm candy and quick fixes are sought out by a lot of singles, the study also revealed that 59% of daters aren’t going to feel any chemistry until the second date occurs. A third aren’t expecting any passion until much later.

Marriage is on the Cards

There is good news for people who are looking for a spouse. Online dating and app users had an average period of 18.5 months of dating before the question was popped. Those who met offline had an average of 42 months before marriage was considered. This is probably due to the fact that although there are hookup seekers, many people also go online with the sole intention of finding a serious partner. This can be opposed to “offline dating” where intentions are less clear.

Online Dating = Marital Satisfaction

According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences and funded by eHarmony, couples who meet online are less likely to separate or divorce. Only 6 percent of marriages that started online ended in marital breakups, compared to almost 8 percent of couples who met off line. Not too shabby! And ultimately a great reminder to stay in the game for those people truly looking for a match when they go online.