• Is Facebook Changing Online Dating?

    facebook for datingFacebook is such a huge worldwide phenomenon that it is quickly making its way into every nook and cranny of our lives. We connect with our friends on Facebook. We use Facebook to introduce our latest crush to our buds. On Facebook we share photos of our weekend on the beach, show off the hot new dress we just bought, and trade the latest wacky YouTube videos. Facebook is becoming the place to go to find out about the hottest new trends, latest fashions, coolest new products – and the guy or gal you just met online.

    facebook for datingAfter making contact with someone on an online dating site, most people go immediately to the person’s Facebook page to check them out. Online daters are finding that a person’s Facebook page gives them a more accurate and complete picture of who the person is and what he or she is really like than the necessarily brief online dating profile posted on a dating website. So much relationship information is now available on Facebook that we’re using it not just to gain insight into the personalities of potential dates, but to reveal broader changes in our dating habits and new dating trends that affect us all.

    For example, last year didn’t turn out to be that great a year for most daters. In 2010, 31% of Facebook users changed their relationship status to single while only 24% announced that they were in a new relationship. Online Dating University took a look at the current state of online dating by using Facebook data to create an interesting infographic, a visual picture of dating data trends.

    Next time: What the infographic reveals

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    What Facebook Reveals about Online Dating Trends

    With more than 500 million active users, Facebook is changing the way people communicate and connect with each other. On any given day, more than 50% of Facebook users are online updating their Facebook page, reading new messages from friends, posting messages to friends or checking out someone they just met on an online dating website.

     

    Facebook has so many users and has become such a pervasive part of daily social interaction that it is being used to can gain new insights into online dating practices and discover new dating trends. Online Dating University and the online site All Facebook recently used Facebook data to construct an infographic that reveals some interesting information about current trends in online dating and relationships.

    TRENDS IN ONLINE DATING

    Here are some of the more interesting stats.  Click here to view the complete infographic.

    • The U.S. is one of the top 5 countries where Facebook users post their relationship status, followed by South Africa, Iceland, the United Kingdom and Canada.
    • The majority of Facebook users (60%) post their relationship status in their profile. At 37%, singletons have a slight edge over marrieds (31%) and a considerable lead on the 24% of people who say they’re in a relationship. Only 5% of Facebook users said they were engaged and 3% said “it’s complicated.”
    • Women use Facebook more than men, outnumbering them by 1.28 to 1. The majority of Facebook users are in the 18 to 25 age bracket, followed by people 26 to 34.
    • Facebook is a great way to connect and get to know someone but spending too much time checking out your date’s Facebook page can submarine a budding relationship. When people start overanalyzing Facebook posts, they tend to start reading too much — and often the wrong things — into them. Most of us are insecure enough about a new relationship; why go looking for trouble?

    Photo credit:  Sean MacEntee