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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