According to new research commissioned by Match.com people are using online dating services to meet new people in ever increasing numbers: 1 in 5 singles have dated someone they met on an online dating site, 1 in 5 new relationships now begin on an online dating site, and 1 in 6 couples getting married first met on an online dating site.
For couples getting married, that statistic places online dating sites third in ways to meet a partner – behind school/work and friends/family, but ahead of bars, clubs, social events, and through their places of worship.
According to the research here’s the breakdown on where people who’ve married in the past three years met their spouses:
- Through Work/School 36%
- Through Friend/Family Member 26%
- Via Online Dating Site 17%
- Through Bars/Clubs/Other Social Events 11%
- Through their Church/Place of Worship 4%
- Other 7%
Online dating has only been around for about 15 years. But those 15 years have done more to change how couples meet than the preceding 2,000 years. Amazing. Just be sure to follow the Eleven safety tips for online dating and discover who you’ll meet.