About one in four online daters said they'd found a spouse or long-term romantic partner online, up from 17 percent eight years ago, according to a 2013 survey.
Five percent of Americans who are currently married or in a long-term relationship admitted to meeting their partner online.
Social psychologists Stephanie Spielmann and Geoff Mac Donald suggest singletons could use online dating websites and apps to their advantage, by comparing their physical characteristics and emotional approaches to relationships with the information other users provide.
The researchers conducted two experiments in which men and women viewed a series of online dating profiles for members of the opposite sex.
But statements like, “I get bored talking about feelings and stuff and I’m not really into talking about people’s problems,” conveyed emotional unresponsiveness.
In the first experiment, 88 female college students saw all four possible combinations of attractiveness and responsiveness, presented in random order.
However, a forthcoming study in the has found when it comes to online dating, nice guys actually finish first compared to more physically attractive “bad boys” who are emotionally unavailable.Online dating has become the new normal, with one in nine United States adults reporting the use of dating sites or mobile apps to find love.