SOURCE: Consumer Reports "It's clear that online dating websites play a major role in the lives of many consumers — we invest a tremendous amount of time, money and emotional energy.It really is a consumer issue worthy of our attention." said Margot Gilman, money editor for Consumer Reports.The upside of online dating is obvious: It's an easy way to meet a bunch of potential dates whenever you want.
These sites and apps may have come a long way since kicked off online dating in 1995, but studies are showing that there's still plenty of reasons to look away from your smartphones and try to meet people the old-fashioned way.
Here, we've rounded up a few kew drawbacks of online dating that might make you want to put more effort into meeting someone IRL.
The two decided to meet "IRL" (in real life) days later. Traditionally known for reviewing products like household cleaners and washers and dryers, Consumer Reports surveyed nearly 10,000 subscribers in the fall of 2016 about online dating and then rated matchmaking sites based on their overall satisfaction.
Months after their first date, the couple discovered they had been classmates in preschool, and one year into their relationship Justin arranged to have the young students from their former school hold up signs that asked, "Will you marry me? How to boost the odds with a better profile: Use recent pictures (taken within the past year) and at least one good close-up headshot.
Online dating is no longer seen as a last attempt for the desperate and lonely to find their soul mate.
The stigma is beginning to dissipate as an increasing amount of Americans believe that online dating is now socially acceptable.During an April 2017 survey, 84 percent of dating app users stated that they were using online dating services to look for a romantic relationship.A further 43 percent used online dating for friendly contact and only 24 percent of respondents stated that that they used online dating apps and services explicitly for sexual encounters.Amy Giberson, now 34, was reluctant to try internet dating again but she decided to give it one more shot in 2014. There are a slew of sites and apps to help singles find love and, for the most part, they work, according to Consumer Reports.She downloaded the Match app and connected with Justin Pounders, also 34, almost immediately. Nearly half, or 44 percent, of those who tried online dating said it led to a serious long-term relationship or marriage, the magazine found.The findings suggests that chatting online longer than 17 days before meeting face-to-face can lead to major disappointment, since people tend to fill in gaps of information about a potential partner with qualities they'd like them to posses.