Internet dating site statistics
As Aziz Ansari put it in “Thin markets” most notably include LGBT people, but also include older straight people.Since people in these markets may have a harder time meeting interested partners face to face, they use online dating much more readily. Online dating is dramatically more common among same sex couples than any way of meeting has ever been for heterosexual or same-sex couples in the past. Writing a standard message on Ok Cupid, and then copying and pasting it to start conversations is 75% as effective as writing original messages when it comes to getting replies.
People also tend to lie about height, weight and income.
Stigma concerning online dating has not diminished that much.
A 2005 Pew study showed that 29% of those polled agreed with the statement that those who use dating sites are “desperate.” A 2016 study revealed the number stands only at 23%, despite the increased popularity of online dating.
However, Tinder’s “match” feature (partly) eliminated this problem. Harvard undergraduates Jeff Tarr and Vaughn Morrill developed 1966’s Operation Match, which received 8,000 applicants, 52% of which were women.
The researchers got users to fill out questionnaires on punch cards, and they would then enter the data into computers, which would then sort the data and provide a match via an algorithm.