3. People are more likely to settle down despite the large dating pool
When questioned about the positives of online dating, the first thing Manhattan-based couples therapist Jean Fitzpatrick mentioned was the massive amount of opportunity. “Online dating broadens your pool beyond your friend group,” she explained. “It’s a way to connect with a wider circle of people and with potential partners [you] might never have met through friends or work.” While some would argue that having too big of a dating pool could hinder your chances of a lasting relationship -- why settle down when you can bone half the tri-state area? -- stats say otherwise.
According to Coffee Meets Bagel, a popular dating app that sorts out individual prospects daily, 40% of users know someone who met their spouse or partner online. That makes sense since Match.com helped create a total of 517,000 relationships, 92,000 marriages, and 1 million babies. Take that, skeptics. Numbers don’t lie.
4. They’re reviving the actual date
If there’s one thing dating apps are doing right, it’s bringing dating back. The beauty of talking to multiple love interests at one time is having the opportunity to fill your week out and date around. Movie on Monday! Happy hour on Tuesday! Steak dinner on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday! Weird hipster art show you’re not really going to understand on Saturday! This is what dating is all about -- going on dates. How are you going to find just one person if you don’t go out with several first? According to Hinge stats, users go on an average of 4-5 dates before meeting their significant other. Tinder’s records yielded similar results.
As of late 2014, roughly 50 million people were using Tinder every month, and nearly 9 billion matches have been made since. From all of those matches, roughly 1.5 million in-person dates stem each week, and more than half go on a second date. In short: start setting up those dinner reservations now.
5. You are most likely talking to a sincere person, not a catfish
Um, hello? Catfish can’t talk. Kidding -- but really, that’s a huge generalization to make about the billions of people found on dating apps. We get that Nev Schulman and Manti Te’o got the short end of the stick here, but that doesn’t automatically mean you'll experience the same woes. Gwendolyn Seidman, an associate professor of psychology at Albright College, explains, “online daters realize that while, on the one hand, they want to make the best possible impression in their profile, on the other hand, if they do want to pursue an offline relationship, they can’t begin it with outright falsehoods that will quickly be revealed for what they are.”
In other words, people who actually want to take you on a date after a day of talking aren’t going to be showing up with an MTV camera crew and a sob story on how they're not actually Bow Wow. If they’re really serious about taking you out, the chances of them lying about who they are become significantly smaller because -- as Seidman pointed out -- you can’t adequately start a relationship with a lie.