According to one recent study, fifty percent of adults across the pond have reported knowing someone who initially began their relationship online. However, startling new insights into the results – namely what happened after dating began – perhaps show that not all dating site relationships end up happily ever after.
On the day before Valentine’s Day, results were published of a survey that Euro RSCG Worldwide had commissioned. The marketing group surveyed 1,000 individuals, twenty percent of whom admitted to having had a sexual encounter or starting seeing a partner whom they had met via a dating site or other online platform.
In a separate report, you start to recognise the evidence pile up against seeing someone who is an avid user of dating sites. Thirty three percent of those questioned in the second survey were aware of relationships that had been brought to a grinding halt because of one half of the couple’s continued actions online. And the same set of individuals confirmed, or at least a motion-carrying seventy five percent of them anyway, that stepping outside the lines of relationship etiquette on a dating site whilst going steady was tantamount to infidelity.
Norm Yustin, Group President for RSCG Chicago, reflected on the results and how the online world – one was totally separate to the day-to-day offline world, is now becoming such a very real part of everyday life that it’s becoming difficult to separate the two. Or, at least the influence of cyberspace in any real sense on the way individuals react to each other.
The whole concept of online dating is based on an element of untruth. Very few dating site members ever write a 100% truthful dating profile. Two university professors who teach in human communication, sampled 78 matchmaking site profiles – eighty percent of them exaggerated or were conservative with the truth at one time or another during their online experience.
Here’s something to look out for next time you’re eyeing up a potential partner online – if they are using negatives to precede their adjectives – i.e., rather than say they’re handsome, they say they’re not ugly – it’s a good chance they’re hiding something. When questioned about themselves to anything that’s not fully explained in their dating profile, the answer will be brief and they will shy away from addressing themselves in the first person, as if they are physically distancing their online persona away from the real them in a defiant act of escapism.
The theory behind their lack of self-expression or description is quite simple – the less lies they tell about themselves, the less chance they have of being found out or tripped up later on if they’ve forgotten a little bit of fantasy they’ve thrown in previously.
So, folks – expressive, consistent people who use the site less often when they’re in a relationship but who are on your dating site when they’re single are the ones to go for! Good luck – the won’t stay single very long, according to all reports.