Have you ever dabbled in online dating?
I don’t recommend it. You could end up on a date with the mole man.
But then maybe I’m the exception. Maybe there are loads of people who enjoy being judged by thousands of strangers, based purely on a couple of photos and how unique and fascinating you can make your profile sound?*
As this infographic shows, there are plenty of people less cynical and more self-assured than me, who are more than happy to put themselves out there and bag themselves a partner online. Perhaps they’re just more confident than me. Or are they? It would seem not, as 81% of online daters admit to lying about their height, weight or age on their profiles.
It seems a bit crazy doesn’t it? Personally, I may not like the snappy judgements, but at least I’d want someone’s first impression of me to be based on facts. What’s the point of shaving off a few pounds and years if your aim is to meet that person in the flesh? Is a lie really the best basis for a relationship?
What I also found interesting was that although the online dating market has positively exploded in the last ten years, the percentage of people meeting their partners online has remained unchanged, with most people still meeting through work or through friends.
The moral of the story? Get out from behind your ‘I’m mad I am’ dating profile and socialise. Or better still, get a job – you’re more likely to meet someone, and you get paid doing it.
*I love adventure and socialising but I also love staying in and cuddling up with a glass of wine and a DVD! Dear God, save us now.