And yes, it’s pointless to log on to a ‘marriage’ website if what you’re after is a fling, or vice versa.
But there are no websites that deliver consistently or reliably successful results.
I’ve tracked and analyzed data, spoken to computer scientists and figured out what makes certain profiles successful.
I even wrote a book about what I learned – and included a final chapter written by the man who took me out on my last-ever first date.
The third stage of the online dating process involves working out where and how you are going to present yourself online. Many people find that they’re not making enough connections, getting enough responses, or finding the right kind of potential partners.
The way to get unstuck here is to choose the right website from all the many available.
A website is only a vehicle for partner profiles – and like any vehicle its effectiveness depends on the way you drive it!
That said, some sites are so specifically targeted at their market that they may suit you perfectly – or not.
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, approximately 6% of Internet users who are in a marriage or other committed relationship met online, compared to 3% who reported this in 2005.
Additionally, 42% of Americans know someone who has used an online dating site or app, an increase of 11% from 2005, and 29% of Americans know someone who has met their partner through this medium, compared with 15% who made this claim in 2005.
This data represents a significant shift in the perception of online dating, suggesting that the stigma associated with the practice is dropping: While some of us may Friend more discriminately than others, we live in a time where it's common to build online networks that include secondary and tertiary connections.
Plentyoffish dating forums are a place to meet singles and get dating advice or share dating experiences etc.
Hopefully you will all have fun meeting singles and try out this online dating thing...