Statistics on dating and marriage
When will we accept the fact that you can meet someone on a dating app and have a long-term relationship?
For some reason, even though it feels like the online dating stigma is disappearing, the myth of dating apps only being for hookups still exists. The folks at Simple Texting, an SMS Marketing service, looked into dating app habits to find out what people are looking for on dating apps— and how successful they are.
The researchers calculated the strength of marriages by measuring the compatibility between two partners in a society.
And they found that compatibility was greater in partners after they had added those online-dating connections to that society.
Plus, marriages that began online were less likely to end in separation or divorce.
They shared the data exclusively with Bustle to give an idea of how common long-term relationships from dating apps actually are in the real world. — they're probably more common than you might think.
Their data from 500 dating app users, ages 18- 65, showed that a lot of serious relationships are coming from swiping. I went to a wedding last year where the couple met on Tinder, I'm going to one this year where the couple met on Ok Cupid.
Your life can be a lot more flexible with these portable apps. So while nearly a quarter of people said they'd never had more than one or two date flings off of apps (and another quarter said 'other'), if you look at the more long-term options you might be pleasantly surprised.
They can be big-time savers and success builders in dating.”Still not convinced? Here's what Simple Texting found: Contrary to popular belief, a whopping 38 percent of men and 44 percent of women are long for long-term relationships on apps. Seven percent had reached between six months and a year with someone they met on an app, 15 percent said had reached longer than a year, and 14 percent said they were engaged or married— so it really does happen, if that's what you're looking for. Well, it happens all over— but the South was definitely the big hitter for engagements, with 16.3 percent of respondents saying that they were engaged or married from an app.
In 2014, the most recent year available, just 16% were married, and 14% of young people were living with a partner.