In 2014, Graeme Simsion released his much-anticipated book, The Rosie Project, which detailed one man’s pursuit of the perfect wife. In conjunction with the book’s release, researchers
conducted a study to try and characterize the average person’s love life before tying the knot.
Their results are pretty interesting. According to data reported by The Telegraph, “the average woman will kiss 15 men, enjoy two long-term relationships and have her heart broken twice before she meets ‘the one.’”
In contrast, the study reported that men will be stood up twice, and they will have at least six sexual partners before they are married.
Honestly, this all sounds like a terrible experience, and for many people, it is.
Lest you immediately become an ageist and think that these problems are merely the product of our modern culture, it’s likely that dating has improved a lot in the last two decades.
In any event, the dating scene has certainly changed a lot in the last twenty years. The onset of the internet provided a new avenue for couples to meet, get to know one another and decide if they had a future together.
The phenomenon is known as online dating first took the world by storm in 1995 with the launch of Match.com. Their premise was simple enough: create a compelling profile, and we will find you a compatible mate. For many people, this was a compelling proposition, and they signed up. Millions flocked to their platform, and other competitors began to sprout up as well.
Now, the notion of online dating is a ubiquitous part of the dating scene.
According to the Pew Research Center, “Americans now say that online dating is a good way to meet people.” In fact, fully 1/3 of people 18-to-24 will participate in online dating before they are married. In total, 15% of American adults have used an online dating site. This accounts for tens of millions of users who are logging in and hoping to find the right romantic