Misfit dating sites
Believe the internet dating companies and it’s all sweetness and light, with wedding bells ringing in the distance; believe the media scare stories and it’s all lying, cheating, perverted social misfits. Fortunately, now there’s enough research to suggest what’s really going on.So, here are my 10 favourite psychological insights on internet dating.Contrary to the stereotype, there’s little evidence that internet dating is the last resort of social misfits or weirdos. Internet daters are more likely to be sociable, have high self-esteem and be low in dating anxiety (Kim et al., 2009; Valkenburg, 2007).These studies found no evidence that people use online dating because they can’t hack it face-to-face. People’s motivations to start online dating are many and various, typically involving a triggering event like a break-up, but overall Barraket and Henry-Waring (2008) have found that people’s motivations are less individual and more social.Daters were more truthful about their age (1.5% deviation) and height (1.1% deviation).
Somewhere between one-third and three-quarters of single people with internet access have used it to try and meet someone new.But, over the years, we’ve heard conflicting stories about how successful it is.