Louisiana Love Poll
Let these facts and figures give you
some great lucky-in-love ideas—including where to go to meet people and how to
By Meredith Broussard
Have you ever looked at the person you love and wondered, "What were the odds of
us meeting and winding up head over heels?" I did the other day, and because I
wondered it out loud—and because the person I love is a social scientist—he
immediately looked it up in a book called Sex in America: A Definitive Survey.
The odds were actually pretty good, he informed me. Sixty-three percent of
married couples meet the way we did, through a network of friends.
To me, this 63 percent figure was a revelation. I always knew dating was a
numbers game, but I'd never thought to take that saying literally. But as I
continued browsing through my guy's extensive, factoid-heavy book collection, I
realized that there were statistics confirming just about every dating
phenomenon I'd ever experienced. So why not let the statistics guide you in your
search for a lasting love? With that in mind, I put together a list of 10
factoids every single person should know:
1. 44 percent of adult Americans are single, according to U.S. Census figures.
This means there are over 100 million unattached folks out there. So, if you've
ever worried, "There's nobody out there for me," know that there's hope!
2. Statistically, the find-someone odds favor guys: There are 86 unmarried men
for every 100 unmarried women, although in some regions the gender ratio favors
women, especially out west. Paradise, Nevada, a suburb 10 miles from Las Vegas,
has 118 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women. Other cities where gals got
it good include Austin, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Tempe, Arizona; and
Sunnyvale and Santa Ana, California. A coincidental bonus for women thinking of
relocating: All of these cities are sunny and warm.
3. The best place for single people on the prowl is New York, where 50 percent
of state residents are unmarried, and Washington, D.C., where a whopping 70
percent of the population is single. The worst places are Idaho, where 60
percent of people are married; and Utah, where 59 percent of people are married.
4. Think you'll find love while perched on a barstool? Think again. Only 9
percent of women and 2 percent of men say they've found a relationship at a bar
or club—blame it on the beer goggles. So if you're lonely and looking, you're
better off hitting on cuties at Starbucks.
5. Got someone hot in your sights and want to reveal your interest? Fifty-one
percent of people use flattery, according to the book Are You Normal About Sex,
Love, and Relationships? Or, try touching them, a tactic used by 25 percent of
single folk. Still another 23 percent utilize the schoolyard approach and send
the word out through a friend.
6. If you're into online dating, you're hardly alone: 40 million Americans use
online dating services; that's about 40 percent of our entire U.S. single-people
pool. So if you haven't tried it yet, maybe it's time to dive in!
7. Profiles and photos go together great. Online, being bashful will get you
nowhere. Women and men who post their photos receive more than twice as many
e-mails as those without photos, according to a study published by economists at
MIT and University of Chicago. And a Match.com survey revealed that profiles
with photos had 15 times the response rate as those without. Some numbers!
8. On a date, first impressions do count: Men take only 15 minutes to decide if
a woman is worth a second date. For women, the clock isn't ticking quite so
fast—they ponder whether to get together again for an hour or so.
9. The number one problem for couples in America? Disagreements about money,
according to a poll by the University of Denver. So, don't write off a date just
because you two bickered over the dinner bill; everyone clashes over cash.
10. If you're feeling like your relationship is hitting the skids and want to
bail, the painful face-to-face approach might not be necessary: An estimated 48
percent of online daters report that their breakups have happened over e-mail.
Call it rude or just plain convenient, but it happens a lot.
Check out other Online Dating Services
There are so many online dating services. At last count, there are over
800 online dating services to choose from. So how do you go about finding
the best and spending your money wisely?
1. Research online dating sites. Keep in mind that online dating sites
that you have never heard of before will have a minimal database and won't
be worth your time and money. Try the big online dating sites with name
Match.com Try it free for 3 days!
2. Establish a budget. Decide how much money you want to devote to online
dating, and set a budget. Some sites charge one-time membership fees, others
automatically charge recurring monthly fees to your credit card. Most online
dating sites charge between $20-$30 a month. Some with extensive
psychological profiles and matching like E-harmony charge $49.95 a
month......but watch for their specials where they will sometimes do 2 or 3
months for the price of 1. Match.com will offer a 3 or 7 day FREE TRIAL on
3. Seek recommendations. Talk to trusted friends, colleagues, and family to
see if anyone they know has had a positive experience with a particular
online dating website.
4. Consider specialized online dating sites. Determine if you have any special interests or
unique situations that might require a more specialized online dating
website. Some online dating sites cater to customized audiences including
political affiliations, sexual preferences, race, religion, etc.
5. Determine pros and cons. Narrow down the list of potential online sites
to your top three and compare them to determine pros and cons of each. Pay
particular attention to monthly/yearly cost, free versus fee services, and
number of website members.
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What are some other ways to meet Singles
in Louisiana ? Go to as many singles events as you can. Variety
is the key. Don't focus on any one type of group.
First: Meet young single professionals
at fundraisers, singles charity and civic organizations.
Second: Join sports leagues, singles
hiking, biking, outdoors, or adventures clubs.
Third: Join a church or religious
group for Jewish, Catholic, or Singles. Also check out singles cruises and
Newly divorced or single parent? Get
help at a singles support or divorce recovery group.
What about online dating? Check out
the information on Singlesonthego.com to learn how to place personal ads to
meet single men and women online. You'll also find great dating advice for
online personals and meeting singles by using various dating services,
dating agencies, matchmakers, introductions services. Go ahead, you can do
it!.....check out the singles scene in your area to find a new relationship
today! Check out the list of online dating services above categorized by
general, foreign/ethnic, religious, alternative, senior and single parents.