On line dating first

Online dating has, for many, become a mainstay of meeting new potential romantic partners, whether looking for casual dating, serious dating or even a marital partner.

The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.According to research by Rosenfeld and Thomas (2012), internet dating steadily increased reaching a plateau in 2009.At that time, 22% of heterosexual couples reported meeting online.So while online dating is on the rise, most online relationships do not lead to long-term committed relationships. (2013), a higher percentage, 30%, of married couples in their sample met online, and those that did were slightly but significantly more likely to stay together and report greater marital satisfaction.Researchers are just beginning to understand the new and complicated dynamics of online dating, and it is unclear what factors go into successful matching, though long-term relationship satisfaction is likely to come from the same factors regardless of how people meet (go here for an overview of predictors of relationships satisfaction).Surely, one of the things any online dater would want to know is what type of first contact message is most likely to draw a positive response.Should it be humorous, should it be factual, or should you just introduce yourself?Contrary to what we might think, it has been demonstrated that eager replies are not perceived as a turn-off.Rather, the faster the reply to a message, the more likely it is that communication will continue (Fiore, Taylor, Xhong, Mendelsohn, and Cheshire, 2010). Are there gender differences in who is more likely to make first contact?