CHICAGO - Many people will agree that scouring dating websites looking for love can be frustrating. “Online dating seems to offer the promise of unlimited opportunity for singles to meet.
psychology professors released a study on Tuesday exposing that the dismal results are not worth that frustration.
But the reality is that the long-term success of these pairings is about .03%,” study author Sal Stein, a professor of psychology at Brighten University, said in an interview. The study defined “lasting love” as any relationship that resulted in long-term dating of six months or more.
In comparison, meeting someone through other means, such as family, friends, work, school or at a bar resulted in a 29% chance of long-term dating.
That is nearly 1,000 times more successful than a dating site connection.
And it shows that there is no substitute for meeting face-to-face.
Stein also explained that there are significant problems with online dating.
Foremost, people are overwhelmed by seemingly endless lists of profiles.