SAN ANGELO LIVE! -- Aug 5 -- There are several reports out there that confirm what we already know – online dating is big business. In 2004, dating websites created more revenue ($470 million) than any other paid online content category. 11% of all American Internet-using adults (16 million) have gone to an online dating site. In general, online daters tend to be younger (26-35), more educated, and more liberal than their counterparts. Online daters also are either skinnier, taller, and more attractive than the general population, or better liars. Although online daters seem pickier when it comes to looks (a woman with a supermodel BMI of 17 receives 90% more first-contact emails than a woman with a healthy BMI of 25), 3% of the Internet users who are married or in long-term committed relationships (3 million) say they met their partners online.
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