Want to Find True Love? It's Time to Get Online
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) For the past four years, the well-known online dating website, Match.com, has been working to perform yearly comprehensive studies on singles, known as Singles in America (SIA). The findings of the 2013 study were released on February 5, 2014 indicating that the 111 million singles in the United States spent a whopping $82 billion last year on dating. MainStreet attended the in-person Match.com discussion panel that took place in Manhattan on February 8 to probe the study and the expensive single life before the arrival of Valentine's Day.
The findings of the 2013 Singles in America study were based on a sample group of 5,329 United States singles between the ages of 18 and 70+. Hosted by Millionaire Matchmaker's Patti Stanger , no subject at this event was taboo. The discussion covered topics related to sex, dating and relationships, and compared male and female preferences on multiple subjects related to these ideas.
Panelists at the event included Perez Hilton, celebrity blogger and online dater; Anna Breslaw, the sex editor for Cosmopolitan magazine; Dr. Emily Morse, leading sex expert and creator of Sex with Emily ; and Dr. Helen Fisher, Match's Scientific Advisor and the creator of SIA.
From the immediate start of the discussion, the witty, easygoing demeanors of the host and the panelists engaged the room in such a way that made it comfortable to discuss seemingly awkward topics, like why people (both men and women, surprisingly) feel the need to fake orgasms, or why approximately 20% of people feel the need to lie to their current partners about their "number."
Among the data from this most recent SIA study, it was found that 51% of singles claim to have imagined a future together while on a first date.
"The first three minutes of meeting somebody are powerfully important," explained Fisher. Shockingly, it was further found that the majority of these "future imaginers" are men.
"Men fall in love faster, because they're so visual," Fisher said. "When they meet someone they really love, they want to bring them to home to the family sooner, they want to move in sooner, et cetera." Clearly it's not only the women who are mentally planning their weddings after the first few great dates.
When it comes to meeting people, it was found that 31% of singles meet their dates online, followed up by a mere 8% meeting through work, and an even smaller 6% meeting at a bar or club. Stanger advocated for online matchmaking.
"[Online is] the best way to meet," she said. "It's like shopping at Nieman's." Considering both Nieman's and Match.com contain a variety of options, and both allow clientele to "try these options on for size" before saying yes or no, it's not a far-off idea.