According to SkewNews, a group of psychology professors have determined that the long-term success rate of online dating is about .03 percent, a.k.a., for every 350 dates, only one couple makes it to the six-month mark. Cripes, that is bleak.
On the other hand, meeting and going out with someone by any other in-person means (through work, friends, a bar, et cetera), has a 29 percent chance of going long-term, i.e. 1,000 times more successful.
Why is this?
Researchers say that the first reason is that people lie online and end up with someone who’s not quite who they expected. Also, online daters have high expectations (GULP): “These men and women think that they are more desirable than they actually are, and that they rate better looking matches than they are getting. Reality never hits them the way it would at a physical venue.”
By Anna Breslaw