Here are 11 revelations from recent studies. This phenomenon was observed in a study conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Women tended to claim that they were 8. Men lied by less—only two pounds—but rounded up their height by a half inch more often. People lied the least when it came to age. This year, the dating site PlentyofFish conducted a study in which scientists examined word choice in all 1. Men spend 50 percent less time reading online dating profiles than women.
In , the research company AnswerLab conducted a study in which they used a Tobii X1 Light Eye Tracker, which recorded the eye movements of subjects who were reading online dating profiles from Match.
By doing this, they were able determine where men and women were actually looking while reading online dating profiles. As it happens, men spend 65 percent more time looking at the pictures in the profile than women do.
Race and class are the most important factors to online daters. In September, BuzzFeed ran an experiment in which one of their writers built a mock-Tinder with stock photos. The study also found that people preferred a potential partner to be of mixed or ambiguous race instead of a blatantly different race than their own. OkCupid co-founder, Christian Rudder, confirmed her findings. According to the researchers at the University of California San Diego, the majority of heterosexuals on OKCupid did contact people of another race or at least answer messages from them.
A group of U. According to Professor Eli Finkel , who worked on the report, "We reviewed the literature and feel safe to conclude they do not [work]. One-third of online daters never go on dates with people they meet online. This surprising statistic comes from a survey conducted in late by the Pew Research Center. Even more surprising, this is actually a significantly lower number than it used to be. In , over half of people with online dating profiles never went on an in-person date with someone they had met on the site.
Men get more messages if they are Christian, brunette, high-earners, and PhDs. Only 16 percent of men do. Couples who meet online are more likely to break up. A recent study that claims couples who met on dating sites are less likely to get married has been getting a lot of traction on the Internet.
Researchers from Stanford University and Michigan State University surveyed more than people and they learned that breakups were more common in couples who met online versus offline. They claim that the phenomenon holds true for both married and unmarried couples. On the flip side: Couples who meet online are less likely to divorce.
Obviously this phenomenon needs to be studied a little more. A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that 35 percent of the 20, people who responded to a survey met their spouse online. The study also contradicts the Stanford and Michigan State study by claiming that couples who met online have a 6 percent separation and divorce rate whereas couples who met offline have an 8 percent rate.
If you believe that people do marry sooner when they use online dating, then you can also believe that online dating saves you money. A group of researchers at ConvergEx Group calculated that couples who meet online get married after