Contrary to the stereotype, there’s little evidence that internet dating is the last resort of social misfits or weirdos. Internet daters are more likely to be sociable, have high self-esteem and be low in dating anxiety (Kim et al., 2009; Valkenburg, 2007).
These studies found no evidence that people use online dating because they can’t hack it face-to-face. People’s motivations to start online dating are many and various, typically involving a triggering event like a break-up, but overall Barraket and Henry-Waring (2008) have found that people’s motivations are less individual and more social.
To examine internet dating diversity, Dutton et al.
In this respect online dating is no different from offline dating.
On average people are looking for someone about the same as themselves.
Getting a response online can be a hit-and-miss affair.
An online dating site has gauged the response rate by analysing more than 500,000 initial contacts sent by their members (oktrends, 2009).