Look back a few decades ago, and it’s incredible how dating sites have become a critical tool in our relationship lives.
In the past, people met at parties, weddings, cinemas, subways, events, etc., but that was their thing, and it’s all good—because some still do. But really, we’d be damned if we didn’t leave some history behind for when we’re gone or use this perfect invention.
Digital dating is undoubtedly one of the greatest achievements of our time. But what next for the diverse and growing online adult entertainment sector? Well, Pew Research Center held a study in the US that may shed light on the today and future of the online dating sector.
Here are some of the key points that emerged from the research.
Nearly 40 percent of online hook-ups have led to serious engagements and marriages.
Well, that figure is shocking and beyond our expectations. Many people believe otherwise, as we are about to see.
Pics are the number one determinant for a likable online dating profiles
Still, users prioritize factors like; (1) type of engagement, (2) kids or no-kids, (3) hobbies, and (4) spiritual beliefs.
More than 3 in 10 US grownups have dated online
More than 30 percent of grownups in the US have tried internet dating or used a mobile dating app. However, only 18 percent of all those who’ve tried dating over the web has at least one active dating account.
Americans still feel dating over the web has done more harm than good to relationships
Over 25 percent of the interviewed grownups feel dating over the web has done more harm than good to relationships. Only 22 percent feel digital dating has impacted relationships positively.
The rest (more than 50%) did not respond to the question of whether dating online has done more harm than good to human affairs.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
- Easy, instant hook-ups
- It links you with people locally and internationally.
- It gives one a chance to scrutinize possible mates before the meet-up
The Bad and the Ugly
- Users falsify their identity
- Some users are all-out scammers looking to harm others
- Not many online links lead to emotional ties.
Respondents also cited unwelcome “sexting” or provocative sexual messages from strangers or other users.
What does that mean?
It’s true, meeting strangers online puts you in significant danger. But we can never overlook or underestimate the critical role of the dating sector as reflected in this recent research.
Hopefully, adult dating merchant account owners will work to lessen those risks so that Americans can enjoy stress-free online hook-ups.
Author Bio: Blair Thomas has been a music producer, bouncer, screenwriter and for over a decade has been the proud Co-Founder of eMerchantBroker, the highest rated adult dating merchant account provider in the country. He has climbed in the Himalayas, survived a hurricane, and lived on a gold mine in the Yukon. He currently calls Thailand his home with a lifetime collection of his favorite books.