Dispositional factors predicting use of online dating sites and behaviors related to online dating
And in fact, research suggests that there are As far as the demographic characteristics of online daters, a large survey using a nationally representative sample of recently married adults found that compared to those who met their spouses offline, those who met online were more likely to be working, Hispanic, or of a higher socioeconomic status—not exactly a demographic portrait of desperate losers.
A common belief is that love found online can't last.
The homosexual couples in the survey were more likely to have met online, and naturally, less likely to have gotten married, given that, at least at the time that data were collected, they could not legally do so in most states.
Researchers polled individuals currently involved in romantic relationships, 2,643 of whom met offline and 280 of whom met online.
According to Finkel, one of the main problems with the match-making algorithms is that they rely primarily on similarity (e.g., both people are extroverts) and complementarity (e.g., one person is dominant and the other is submissive) to match people.
But research actually shows that personality trait compatibility does not play a major role in the eventual happiness of couples.
Research does show that a little exaggeration in online dating profiles is common.
As I detailed in an earlier post, the most common lies told by online daters concern age and physical appearance.