7 Online Dating Stats That Just Might Surprise You

Joel Lee 05-11-2015

1. Online dating is 20 years old. It still feels like a new phenomenon, but the very first online dating site – – launched way back in 1995. By comparison, Google launched in 1998.


2. The largest online dating service is Badoo. With 270 million users in 2015, Badoo’s membership is larger than eHarmony, OkCupid, and combined. Though to be fair, Badoo is more of a social networking site that emphasizes dating.

3. The majority of Americans view online dating positively. In 2013, the Pew Research Group found that 59 percent of Americans considered online dating to be “a good way to meet people” and only 21 percent of Americans viewed online daters as “desperate”.

4. Relationships that begin online are quicker to get married. According to StatisticBrain, couples who meet online get married after 18.5 months on average. Comparatively, couples who meet offline get married after an average of 42 months.


5. About 17 percent of American couples who got married in 2015 met online. In addition, at least 1 out of every 5 committed relationships started online, and that number continues to grow to this day.

6. has the largest female-to-male ratio. According to Web Personals Online, there are 2.546 females for every male on Ratios for eHarmony and are 2.185 and 1.222, respectively, while nearly all other sites are heavily skewed towards men Online Dating: Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Do online dating websites work? It's time for a frank discussion! What I learned from interviews was that online dating is equally painful for men and for women, but for very different reasons. Read More .

7. The average Tinder user spends over 1 hour per day on the app. By comparison, the average Instagram user only spends 21 minutes per day on the app. With the right Tinder pickup lines The 10 Best Tinder Pick-Up Lines That Actually Work The real magic of Tinder is in your first impression. Here are the best Tinder pick-up lines that are truly effective. Read More , it doesn’t seem farfetched that time would get away.

How many of these online dating stats surprised you? What are your thoughts on online dating? Drop a comment below and tell us what you think!

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  1. Anonymous
    November 5, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I met my wife through ICQ in 1999. Remember that?

    • Joel Lee
      November 18, 2015 at 2:49 am

      Oh boy, ICQ sure brings back memories. :)

  2. Anonymous
    November 5, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    I met my wife on Yahoo Personals, back in mid 90's.

    Yes, Yahoo had personals. Yes, it was as bad as it sounds. But it worked for me.

    • Joel Lee
      November 18, 2015 at 2:49 am

      Haha, wow, I didn't know about Yahoo Personals at all. Really cool that it worked for you, though. Grats!

  3. Anonymous
    November 5, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Not surprising that it's so old, I remember using AOL's dating service in 1998. Also not surprising about the popularity. My cousin met his wife on Match, my best friend met his on Plenty of Fish, and I'm currently seeing a girl from OK Cupid.

    • Anonymous
      November 5, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      In contrast, my OKCupid account is 10 years old and I've had a account on and off since the 90s. In all that time, I've met one person one time through an online service.

      • Joel Lee
        November 18, 2015 at 2:48 am

        @Phil: Wow, didn't know online dating success rates were that good way back then. Really cool to hear!

        @likefun: Were you active during those 10 years? If so, one hit in 10 years is pretty low and a bit surprising to me. Yikes!

        • Anonymous
          November 18, 2015 at 1:48 pm

          @Joel Lee,

          Yes. 10 years. I've sent over 2300 messages in that time. Is that active enough?

          Another funny thing about OKC: if it doesn't think you're attractive enough by its metrics, it won't show you attractive people unless you pay for its service (attractive is apparently defined by how often people click on your picture). Users are actually divided into three categories: Bottom 50%, Bottom 90% and Mega-Hot. You basically get shown people in your band. I am not making this up. It is something you can verify with a Google search or by paying OKC $15.

          I've also found since the most recent time that I've re-activated my account, that it has been taken over by spam bots, although in a way that's slightly less insulting than times when I would magically get contacted by someone hours before my subscription was about to expire and then never hear from them after I renewed.

          My theory is that online dating works pretty well if you're in a place where you already have lots of people-meeting options and/or are already attractive and the rest of us can do it until the end of time with no success.