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So does online dating really work for real relationships or is it better for short-term “hooking up” purposes? I’ll get to the research and stats later on, but first I’d like to give you a background story. Some relationships quickly ended and some continued a little longer.As a 21-year-old in Charlotte, living with my parents in Ballantyne and commuting to Winthrop in Rock Hill daily, I wasn’t really in the prime situation for finding a boyfriend (no offense, mom and dad). I am still friends with a few of the guys that I met (Hey, Ben! After the most “successful” of these relationships ended after about four months, I decided to take a break.I instantly started talking to someone who I thought was a perfect fit for me and we began dating. We dated for about a month until deciding that we weren’t right for each other, so we parted ways but remained friends.The next person I met was in for the hookup, so I said farewell a week later.Nearly 50 million individuals in the United States have used an online dating website or app, making it a .8 billion industry, according to Statistic Brain (2015). I believed that starting a conversation and seeing where it went from there was the best way to get to know people and boy, was I right.Charlotte even has its own sites — you’ve probably seen those signs for or at intersections around town. In a period of three months, I went on dates with about 10 different men.A month later, I went on a coffee date with someone who didn’t meet my main criteria, but who piqued my interest anyway.
(Note: I don’t regret any of them.) After a couple more months of single-hood, I decided to give a shot.
I wasn’t at school long enough during the week to make connections with people. In thinking about all of those relationships, I saw a common denominator.
I work at Be Yoga, where there are some men but the majority of people are female. Few of the guys were serious about developing a lasting relationship.
I figured that since it is a paid dating website, people would be more serious about wanting a committed relationship.
I started with just a one-month membership, then upgraded to a three-month plan.
We’ve been dating seven months and our relationship is beyond anything I could have imagined. Thus commences my independent research of online dating and the nerdy statistics in a very broken down form. Darren Ritzer, Psychology Professor at Winthrop, who helped me with my research and life in general.) Overall, it seems that free sites may be used for fun or “thrill seeking” and that the users of these types of sites are not as commitment focused. If you’re looking to hook up, chances are you’ll probably find someone with those similar interests on a free site.