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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Internet: People Meet Here

Posted By on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 4:47 PM

The extent to which people meet romantic partners online has been the subject of some debate. The statistics are muddy and often produced by online matchmaking sites who have obvious biases. One study (PDF alert!), commissioned by Match.com put the number of couples who met and married via the Internet at 1 in 6, or 17 percent of couples over the age of 18 with access to the Internet.

But even this flawed study still showed that the majority of people met the old fashioned way, through work and school (38 percent) or friends and family ( 27 percent). Which is to say, online dating is by no means usurping the usual methods of meeting people, but rather augmenting it. And as one chooses carefully (sometimes) where they chose to go after work to meet a potential partner, one should chose carefully where they go online to score a date. You can take your chances on Craigslist or you can be more prudent on eHarmony.

Use the following chart to determine what online dating pool you should cast your net into. We know it looks like the Russian novel of infographics. But like many Russian novels, you can probably suss out some kind of meaning. Probably.

Click for a larger hi-res version, not like it will help.

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