These days you're in the minority if you don't know at least one person who met their current husband, wife or partner on an online dating site.
According to a recent survey, one in five people in a new committed relationship and one in six couples married during the last three years met their significant other using an online dating service.
Last year alone, twice as many marriages occurred between men and women who met online than took place among couples who met in bars, clubs and at other social events combined.
If you've been considering taking the plunge into Internet dating but aren't quite sure how to get started, here are my nine key tips to ensure that your experience is a positive, safe and successful one.
Users skim profiles looking for a reason to send a message or dismiss (hint: do not mention your mom or exes).
Call it the algorithm method: Working with data crunchers at the dating sites, we put together 25 tips for writing the perfect profile, selecting the right photo, and really understanding your audience.
Having a Facebook account is unsexy for single guys, but ghosting the Internet entirely is another kind of red flag.
But inveterate sleuth Kate Carraway has a scary secret: Just the sight of your face on Facebook might be why you're going home alone The last time I felt the electric spine-shiver that lets me know I like a guy, I did what I always do: looked him up on Facebook.
We even scoured the top 400 most popular Ok Cupid profiles—the hottest people on the site in ten US cities—to see what their profile pics could tell the rest of us about attracting a date.
We couldn’t have done any of this without the help of the data maestros at Match and Ok Cupid: Christian Rudder, cofounder and president of Ok Cupid, and Jim Talbott, director of consumer insights at
It’s amazing how many people will complain that they’ve had no luck with online dating and then I’ll take a look at their profile and there won’t be any pictures and most of the fields aren’t filled out.
“I don’t want my picture up on a dating site,” they say. There’s no way you’re going to find great people to date online if you don’t have enough commitment to post at least one picture and fill out 90% of the fields on your profile page.