The number of couples who are married through social media and dating websites is growing. Since 1995, more people are getting hitched after meeting each other online. In a recent article from The Independent, a study shows “that more than a third of those who married between 2005 and 2012 met online, up from 19 percent just five years ago.”
Romantic relationships are formed on the Web through dating websites and social media websites. People meet on virtual video game sites, niche-specific forums geared toward connecting people with similar interests, and even dating websites for specific religions or races.
The top five online dating websites according to Forbes.com are E-Harmony, Yahoo!Personals, Match.com, True.com, and SinglesNet. Online dating is quick and easy. People can find dates by browsing through a vast amount of profiles, singling out matches that fit their specific values, needs, hobbies, etc. Because all of these people have the same interests, it’s easy to see how these relationships can be so successful. One couple, Sheila Philips from Scotland and Kevin Stephenson from Greater Manchester met on a multiple sclerosis community board. After forming a tight bond, they married in 2003. Sometimes, even normal social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube can spark relationships.
Couples who meet online tend to give themselves more time to get to know each other and take things slowly. They want to find out if their date’s values, interests, and looks correlate with their online profile. One of the downfalls of online dating is that there is no way to know if they are telling the truth on their profile. People may have a different picture up, lie about their job, or they might be hiding that they have a girlfriend or wife. People usually talk on the phone for a while to get to know each other a little and to see if they’re worth meeting up in real life.
These are some of the benefits of online dating:
- You can meet people in the safety of your own home
- You can find out whether or not you are compatible without going on a date
- Most of the dating sites are free
- More people are trying online dating which increases your chance of meeting someone
- You can ask questions online that you wouldn’t normally ask face to face and get to know someone better.
Spouses who met through online dating and social media sites are happier than people who met their spouses in bars, clubs, work, and through families. You can meet and browse through many different profiles online. In the real world you may only meet about a dozen people, that is what makes online dating so successful. If you’re trying to meet someone through social media sites or dating sites be careful to not get involved with anyone who you think is trying to hide something or lie.
Paul Allotta is an intern at a Social Media Agency, Fishbat. He graduated from State University at Farmingdale in 2013 with BA in Business Management. He is an avid chess player and enjoys running.