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A survey conducted by Mediamark Research from November 2006 to May 2007 of singles and online dating patterns showed that around 2.5 millio single adults in the US said they participated in online dating in the past 30 days. More men than women (8%+ more men) were logging on to an online dating.

The entire spectrum of the single population was surveyed.  Single men and single women along with young single adults and single boomers (mature single adults) and singles in all income brackets are participating in online dating.

Single adults under 35 make up almost half of online daters.  Nearly one quarter of the group surveyed are middle aged singles participating in online dating. Nearly one-quarter of online daters were between 35 and 44.

Single parents made up 16% of the 2.5 million adults surveyed. Single parents are 185%+ more likely than the average adult to have dated online.

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Aug
31

How Do Singles Really Meet?

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Singles are perplexed when it comes to meeting a mate. It is more difficult
dating and finding a mate in todays social environment. Singles move away from the city they were raised, away from family and friends they grew up with, many are not involved in a church or faith based community. Singles today are working harder, socializing less and marrying later in life.

According to the US Census Bureau, there are 92 million unmarried in the United States — 42% of American in 2006.

More than 20 million of the estimated 90 million singles in the United States visit at least one online dating service a month. Approximately 120,000 marriages each year can be attributed to online dating. In August 2007, Eharmony claimed 90 marriages a day from their membership (a little over 30,000 members meet their mate).
Match.com claims that 400 members per month claim that they met and married from their online dating service. Most singles still meet their significant other through traditional channels, according to a 2006 report on online dating by the Pew Internet & American Life Project:

  • 38 percent of those surveyed met at work or school
  • 34 percent met through family or friends
  • 13 percent met at a nightclub, bar or other social gathering.
  • 3 percent meeting through the Internet
  • 1 percent being set up on a blind date or through a dating service.
  • Singles are getting married later and folks are not staying married as long as they used to. Since 1960, the proportion of currently married Americans, ages 15 and older, has declined by 13 percent, according to a 2007 report on marriage by the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University. About 85 percent of Americans are expected to marry at some time in their lives; it’s 70 percent in some European countries, the report found.

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    Single men find Internet flirting easier because it’s low risk compared to putting their heart on the line in a public bar, at a party or a sleazy nightclub. Many women feel a little safer interacting online and checking out the man slowly.

    Once you create a profile and start to peruse the personals, what can you write in emails to interest your top picks to correspond with you? What are the secrets to flirting online?

    When jumping online, use these Ten Online Flirting Success Tips to help you get to first dates faster.

    1. Keep it Simple Use light-hearted emails with an upbeat tone to attract dates online. Keep it to 3 or 4 witty sentences.

    2. Don’t Give One-Word Answers There’s nothing more annoying than trying to have a chat conversation and just getting back a bunch of “lol”s and “hahaha”.

    3. Use Humor A date with a sense of humor is important. That you have the confidence to use humor is sexy. Sense of humor” ranks high on everyone’s list of desirable traits in a potential mate, but it’s surprising how rarely people demonstrate this characteristic. Take the time to come up with a charming line that’s tailored to the person you’re writing.

    4. Compliment Your Interest. Find something in their profile that you can compliment or gently joking about a shared interest, such as pets, travel or sports. Bring up a funny story from your past.

    5. Use a Screen Name That is Cute and Not Creepy. Have a screen name that is creative and fun. Make sure there are no sexual innuendos your screen name. Women are turned off by screen names like “John69”

    6. Keep Conversation Light What you say is not particularly important, but whatever you say, try to keep your conversation positive. Don’t be negative, arrogant, or pushy; just be friendly. Avoid asking someone for their phone number on your first flirt online.

    7. Minimize the Use of Emoticons They get irritating or can be misread by people who don’t know you.

    8. Acknowledge What the Other Person is Saying. Use their screen name as you would their real name if you were meeting in person.

    9. Be Sensitive to How Others React to Your Flirting. As in real life, note the difference between a response to your advance that takes a step backward and one that shows interest with equal flirtatiousness. Keep in mind that the other person might be shy online.

    10. Lower Your Expectations. Flirting is fun, but only if you don’t take it too seriously. Most of the time, you’ll just flirt with someone for a short time and then maybe never talk to them again. If you always go in to flirting expecting to date or even marry the person you’re flirting with, you’re going to be very disappointed–and you’ll probably seem a little desperate. Remember, you’re just flirting.

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