no secret that we are currently dating in the age of Tinder. While some may
find it to be a fun, easy, and convenient way to meet new people, others believe
that dating through the URL has somehow led us into a “dating apocalypse.”
Whether you do it or not is totally up to you. But just know, a lot of people
are doing it. To top it all off, a
newly released report by popular dating site, eHarmony, found that online
dating is the second most popular way to meet new partners.
to eHarmony Australia’s 2015 Relationship Study, finding your partner online is
quickly catching up to more “traditional” ways of meeting partners. In fact, 22
percent of those surveyed say they met their current partners online, second
only to meeting people through mutual friends at 24 percent.
“A digital profile is a great way to find out more about a match, but it’s also a great way for singles to put their best self forward,” eHarmony’s Dating and Relationship expert, Melanie Schilling said in a Huffington Post Australia report. “While technology has certainly done amazing things to the dating world, it’s important for singles to remember not to hide behind technology, to treat others with respect and to present themselves honestly and proudly online.”
Here are five ways people are currently dating in the digital world, according to the eHarmony Australian study.
1. Performing Background Checks Is A Must
The study found that 69 percent of people admit
to doing the Google background check on their date. According to Schilling, "Performing background checks is a positive
example of how Aussies are using technology and social media to help screen for
potential date breakers."
2. Texting Is The Most Common Way To Communicate While Dating
About 54 percent of people say they text in
order to organize a time or place for a date, while 53 percent said they use
texts to tell their date they had a great time. Millennials and women used
texts the most, and 53 percent of women use texts to decline dates.
3. There Are Still Better Things Left To be Done IRL
study found that 52 percent of people prefer dates to be arranged “in person,” and
a good 80 percent of them also said break-ups should be done face-to-face.
4. Technology Makes People More Confident
really no surprise here, but four in five people say it’s easier to be more fun
and witty online because you have time to craft the perfect response.
5. Ghosting Is A Big Problem
of the biggest issues people have with online dating is the not-so-cool art
of ghosting. In fact, 35 percent of people said they’ve experienced the
rejection of that lame disappearing act. But that’s not all. Other popular ways
of online rejection include having your messages go ignored (29 percent), being
unfriended on social media (27 percent), and having a former lover post
pictures of themselves with their new beau (10 percent).
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