BIG THINK - May 26 - Research by Western Sydney University and the University of Sydney has linked the experience of swipe-based dating apps to higher rates of psychological distress and/or depression. 20% of participants who use swipe-based dating apps reported a significantly higher level of psychological distress compared to those who didn't use these apps. Not all time spent on these apps is damaging, however. Up to 40% of current users say they previously entered a serious relationship with someone they met through one of these apps. A study of 5K people between the ages of 18-30 years old shows that people are spending an average of 10 hours per week on dating apps alone. Men were logging on to check their status on dating apps 9 times a day, with women logging on 10 times per day to check their potential matches.
ADVOCATE - May 19 - A recent Pew Research poll found out that lesbian, gay, and bisexual users are more frequently subjected to harassment than straight users. The data showed that 48% of LGB dating app users have experienced someone contacting them long after they expressed they weren't interested, compared to 35% of straight users. 17% of LGB users said that they've had people threaten to physically abuse them, compared to 7% of straight users.
ODA - May 14 - According to new research for Online Dating Association, a quarter of daters are 'more polite' since coronavirus crisis begun, they are less pushy and more inventive about building a relationship. 64% see dating apps as a 'lifeline' to those living alone. Half (53%) report that during the lockdown, they are having longer conversations on dating services.
DIGITAL CAMERA WORLD - May 13 - 28% of dating app users value good quality photos over height, politics and education, according to report "Swipe Report" by Skylum, from research firm YouGov. 34% of online dating users would swipe left on bad quality photos. 58% would never connect with someone who didn't have a photo at all, while 38% said that the better the photos the more likely they are to swipe right. 31% consider filters to be an instant swipe left.
PEW RESEARCH - May 9 - A Pew Research Center survey conducted in October 2019 finds that many Americans encounter some tech-related struggles with their significant others. 51% say their partner is often distracted by their cellphone while they are trying to have a conversation with them. Seven-in-ten Americans say it is rarely or never acceptable for someone to look through their partner's cellphone without that person's knowledge. Still, 34% of partnered adults say they have looked through their partner's cellphone without that person's knowledge, with women being more likely than men to say they have done this (42% vs. 25%).
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V MAGAZINE - May 4 - Statistics show that online daters will be looking for long-term relationships once social distancing orders are lifted. S'More conducted a COVID-19, and according to their findings, 58% of online daters surveyed reported that they plan to be more cautious when dating and screen their dates to a greater degree than before the pandemic. 49% say they will go on fewer dates and meet fewer people. 42% are looking for something more serious than they were before, increasing to 48% when looking at millennials.
NY POST - May 2 - 42% of Americans in relationships have downloaded a dating app since the start of COVID-19, according to a new study of 1K people in relationships not quarantining with their partner. A third of those in a relationship have reached out to an ex. The survey was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of LELO, a company that sells sex toys. 67% admitted social distancing has even increased their cravings for physical intimacy.
BUSINESS INSIDER - Apr 28 - 71% of single Democrats would not consider dating someone who voted for Donald Trump, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Only 47% of Republican and right-leaning respondents said they wouldn't consider dating someone who voted for Hillary Clinton. The most online dating users think political alignment is a "crucial" piece of information about potential partners.
COSMOPOLITAN - Apr 17 - Illicit Encounters has seen an 18% rise in activity from male members, and a 12% rise from female members in recent weeks. More than half of these men said they'd initiated new affairs in the last four weeks, with 74% of them citing "boredom" as the reason for seeking out new lovers. 46% of female members have made contact with a new partner in that time - with the majority saying the coronavirus crisis had exposed the weakness of their relationship and made them realise they needed "fresh stimulus".
PEW RESEARCH - Apr 10 - Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults in the US are avid users of online dating sites and apps, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. LGB online daters generally report that their experiences with online dating have been positive. At the same time, they are more likely than their straight counterparts to experience a range of negative behaviors on dating platforms. More than half of LGB online daters (56%) say they have received a sexually explicit message or image they did not ask for, compared with 32% of straight online daters who say the same. 41% say someone has called them an offensive name on one of these sites or apps. About two-thirds (65%) of LGB online daters say their experience was very or somewhat positive. By contrast, 56% of straight online daters say their personal experiences were positive overall.
FORBES - Apr 9 - According to RealMe survey, 61% of Generation Z members and 52% of millennials were already tricked by someone else's online profile. Meanwhile, 12% of Gen Z daters admit they developed a fake profile on social media, and 16% of that same generation used photos of other people on the dating site profiles they established. Only 2% of baby boomers admitted to developing a fake personality online, and 5% of that older generation said they used someone else's pictures on a dating profile. Almost 69% of Gen Z and 61% of millennials made it clear they created false or distorted information on their other social media accounts outside of online dating. Only 44% of Generation X and 19% of Baby Boomers confessed to the same.
HAPPIFUL - Apr 6 - As a recent report from eHarmony details, over half of single Brits are turning to virtual dating. Not only does virtual dating allow users to keep on dating, a quarter of singletons said it gave them the opportunity to cut a date short if it wasn't working out, 'without any real life awkwardness'.
TECH CRUNCH - Apr 3 - According to new data from App Annie, Q1 2020 was the largest-ever quarter in terms of consumer spend on apps. In addition, the average weekly time spent in apps and games worldwide was up 20% YOY in the quarter. In Q1 2020, consumers worldwide spent $23.4B through the app stores - the largest-ever quarter. iOS accounted for $15B of that figure and Google Play was $8.3B. There were also 31B new app downloads in Q1 2020, up 15% from Q4 2019.
YOUR TANGO - Apr 1 - A report from the Institute for Family Studies estimates that ~13% of married women and 20% of married men admit to having cheated on their spouse at least once in their married lives. According to a study conducted by the people at Superdrug Online Doctor, a web-based pharmaceutical treatment and service provider in the UK, 41% of women and 33% of men said they cheated with a friend.
by Anka Radakovich
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