Posted by: Shar & Mare | November 8, 2010

It’s A Bigger Industry Than Porn


Real Stories of Online DatingOnline dating that is. I found this interesting little nugget in my travels through the land of the internets. So I started thinking (hold the blonde jokes)…what other fascinating yet totally useless bits of inane trivia could I dig up.

I dug up shovels-full. Apparently us online singles are a hot topic in the exciting world of Statistics. Sites like Dating Sites Reviews and even the Huffington Post have weighed in on the topic. Heck, Mariann and I even have our own informal survey going (stop by the survey page and put your 2 cents in).

Since I’m sure not everyone is the statistics-junkie that I am (BTW, I totally ROCK at Trivial Pursuit), I’m giving you my Top Ten here along with my comments, insights and occasionally inane musings in italics (because italics are kinda of….cool…in a slanted sort of way)

1. 44% of the adult American population is single – that’s over 100 million people. 40 million of these folks use online dating services. That’s about 40% of the adult American single population.

That means that 60 million singles are NOT dating online – with my luck the man of my dreams is in that 60 million…if you know him will you please talk him into joining Match, or Chemistry or OK Cupid…or something!!

2. On average, there are 86 single men to every 100 single women in America…

SIGH, of course there are.

3. 50% of New York state adults are unmarried, making it the best state for single people. Washington, D.C. actually boasts a 70% single rate, making it the best area (although not a state) for single people.

Hmmmm….I’m in the Northeast…I’m thinking “ROAD TRIP”!!

4. The states with the worst ratios are Idaho and Utah, with 40% and 41% single, respectively.

Yeah but in Utah you can marry someone who already has fourteen other wives…So, I’m wondering what that does to the stats from #2. If you figure the square root of something and then add or subtract…uh, I’m really bad at math….could someone figure this out and get back to me…it’s IMPORTANT!

5. Married couples who met online have an average courtship period of 18.5 months. For married couples who met offline, the courtship period last on average 42 months.

Of course, it seems as if it takes 18.6 YEARS to actually FIND someone online.

6. 1 out of 3 women have sex on the first date. In other news: The porn industry blames it’s $74 million decline on dating sites.

Can you say…DUH!!? And I’m thinking that sales of anatomically correct blowup dolls have also declined…just a guess. Anyone know stats on that one?

7. Men lie most about Age, Height and income. Women lie about Weight, Physical Build, and Age.

Although, in our defense guys, we women know that our true ages and weights exist only in the deepest parts of our hearts and souls. Being the soulful creatures that we are we tend to go with what our hearts and souls insist is true and….anyone buying this? Just checkin’…

8. You have 15 minutes to make a first impression on a date- if you’re a woman, that is. If you’re a man, you have a little more cushion. Women usually take about an hour to decide if you’re going to have a second date.

We take longer in the Ladies’ Room too…it’s just the way we roll. Deal with it.

9. The way an Internet user greets (with words like ‘hi’, ‘hello’) had an impact on the response. Most of the people readily replied to responses other than ‘hi’ and ‘hello’. The response rate of ‘what’s up’ was 42% while it was 53% for ‘how’s it going’.

There were no reported stats on greetings like “Yo Peep!”, “Wazzaaa Bitch”, or “I will have sex with you on the first date”.

10. Only 2% of men find relationships from a barstool. This number only goes up to 9% for women.

That’s because we look better on barstools than we do in dinky little profile pictures. The reverse is true for men. Also, once we reel you guys in with our vampy barstool act, we go to the ladies room and then you miss us because we’re gone for a really long time…and everyone knows that absence makes the heart grow fonder so naturally….you then HAVE to date us.

Happy Dating,
Sharon

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Responses

  1. haha – brilliant post – I hope you don’t mind if I reblog?

    • Why thank you for the compliment. We’d be honored by a re-blog…:)

  2. […] Online dating that is. I found this interesting little nugget in my travels through the land of the internets. So I started thinking (hold the blonde jokes)…what other fascinating yet totally useless bits of inane trivia could I dig up. I dug up shovels-full. Apparently us online singles are a hot topic in the exciting world of Statistics. Sites like Dating Sites Reviews and even the Huffington Post have weighed in on the topic. Heck, Mariann a … Read More […]

  3. Thanks for giving me some laughs. Love the logic behind women getting more dates from a bar stool. 🙂

    1/3 have sex on the first date?! AH! I wonder what the percentage is amongst the religious Jewish population (the one I write about on my blog). 🙂

  4. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Sharon & Mariann and Serena Perez, Sharon & Mariann. Sharon & Mariann said: Women. Men. Barstools. There's a statistic for that! And your opinion is?…http://ow.ly/1rrF2P […]

  5. wow, thanks for the stats…didn’t need to read that on a monday morning, where’s my drink…

    if you have 4 minutes, here’s a link to a funny dating web site called http://www.partygirlplusone.com

    which follows a party girl in search of her permanent plus one.

    happy searching! xo


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