If you had asked the average American guy or girl ten years ago what is one of the best ways to meet up with other singles of the opposite sex, chances are that they would have said something like a singles’ bar. Ask that same question now and most cite a online dating website as their main source from which they select dates.
What’s interesting about this is that almost ten years ago there was a very big stigma attached to online dating. Popular opinion held that online dating was for those desperate and unattractive rejects for which the real physical world was just too painful.
Fast forward to the present and it seems that everyone is online these days. For example, it’s not uncommon for many among the web savvy to receive friend requests from a parent, even a grandmother. The reasons for these changed attitudes and behaviors have many roots, some which will not be discuss in this article.
In fact, the latest online dating research shows that over ninety two million Americans described themselves as being singles in the United States. When this data is analyzed to see how Americans go about finding a potential date, studies show that many singles are increasingly finding each other by taking refuge in the world of online dating sites. Conducting a search using the popular search engine Google for instance, brings up more than fifty-nine million results. Indexed in those results are countless dating sites that have sprung up and ready to cater to the enormous market of singles-both the lustful and the lonely. The wide selection of ordinary contenders comes in many ethnicities and countless cultures, flavors and physical selections, as well. Some are free while others cost well into the hundreds of dollars.
Bucking the no frills trend of the current crop of dating websites, some free dating sites are taking advantage of the online dating rush by trying to outdo paid sites. They are also trying to distinguish themselves from other dating websites by offering certain features that are usually reserved for paying sites. The latest stats and data projections also tend to indicate a twiddling away of paid market share and rising figures for non-paid sites. This data also appears to show that singles are gravitating towards sites with better results and abandoning those sites that try to charm them with nothing but bells and whistles.
Some websites are capitalizing on the new wave of technologies in an effort to further differentiate themselves from their counterparts. Many have rolled out cool Avatars, and added other recent tech to make live chat even more functional. This is important for two reasons. First, young women normally do well in a chat room environment. They comprise the majority of the market, and that market share isn’t going anywhere but up.
Second, traditionally non-savvy singles are also joining the ranks of free online dating sites, and in terms of enterprise demand, they come in a close second. According to the latest census, over four-fifths of all adults aged 25 and older had completed at least high school, and one in four adults held a bachelor’s degree or higher. What that means is that singles are definitely becoming more internet savvy in order to be able to navigate themselves into the dating game.
Beyond the numbers of web users, free online dating trends and demographics, online dating has proven to be a very cost effective way of meeting new people. Singles have taken notice of their fiscal reality, and the savings of free memberships compared to gambling a hundred bucks on drinks alone are just very appealing.
Finally, there is the commitment factor. Many young singles that have their eyes towards settling down have proven to be a very loyal and dedicated bunch in trying to locate a serious partner. They no longer see themselves as having the luxury of time to experiment with a wide range of personality types. Settling down is the one key factor for them, and it remains a fixed goal from the moment they graduate from college.
To that end, dating sites have become very attractive and a cost affective option. The numbers of singles gravitating towards them demonstrates it. Online dating is no longer the sole venue of the geeky and dorky crowd because the hip crowd has joined dating sites in droves.
Singles have discovered that choosing online dating can have many benefits including saving time and money. The main issue singles face when meeting someone randomly in the physical world is the issue of not knowing who they are meeting, and deciding whether or not to invest precious time getting to know that other person. When meeting someone at a bar or dance club there is always that risk that the person you have invested a whole night on does not meet your standards for various reasons, but you won’t know that until you get to chatting.
Meeting other singles always will come with risk, the one risk that online dating pretty much eliminates is the information factor. Online dating cuts away with that because all the information that you need is right on the prospect’s profile thereby eliminating the guess work. This one factor in itself makes online dating highly irresistible to busy singles and singles that like to cut to the chase.