“It’s a product of the growing normalcy of using social media apps,” says Moira Weigel, author of “Labor of Love: The Invention of Online Dating” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016).“Our real-life and online identities are more and more interwoven.” Because of this cultural shift, online dating sites now have unprecedented reach into our lives. Reams have been written about online dating, but as far as we know, no one has put the sites to the test.
There are many dating sites with different types of people and not all dating sites are necessarily right for you.
Some sites have specific types of members from a certain background or religion, while others have a more diverse mix.
But our research also found that online dating, however painful and time-consuming, often does produce the intended result if you use it well—and persevere.
You can find the right person more effectively by choosing the right site, which means determining the demographics it caters to and figuring out whether a large or niche site will best serve your needs.
Our survey found that among respondents who stopped online dating, 20 percent of men and 40 percent of women said they did so because they didn’t like the quality of their matches.
Perhaps that’s why, among those who said they had used multiple dating sites, 28 percent had tried four or more.
So when Roberta Caploe was ready to start dating again after a divorce, she didn’t ask her friends to fix her up or feel the need to frequent bars or health clubs.
She signed up for JDate, an online dating site for Jewish singles.
They gave online dating sites the lowest satisfaction scores Consumer Reports has ever seen for services rendered—lower even than for tech-support providers, notoriously poor performers in our ratings. Well, finding a mate can be arduous and exhausting.
“I was on a date with a guy who turned out to be a convicted felon.
The more recently active group rated specific sites. On the one hand, the numbers indicate that these sites are helping people find mates.