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Last weeks article on online dating opened up a whole can of worms and created quite a stir as we reported Susan’s story.
This week we have been inundated with enquiries as a consequence of highlighting the plight of Susan Hulbert and her ordeal when she met Gavin Taylor from Telford on one of the biggest and best known online dating site’s and frankly I don’t think that any of us quite understood how widespread this problem is, until we began to research it further on Google.
With the growing usage of internet and online communications in every part of life, online dating has become an increasingly popular way of meeting romantic partners. singles who were looking for a relationship have used dating sites or apps. internet users found that online dating was a good way to meet people.
Are you curious as to how many people use dating apps or websites, and what their success is? Our friends over at Berkeley made an awesome infographic explaining the ins and outs of online dating statistics.
It is thought that in total around 16 million people have taken part in online dating in the UK and globally 1 in every 5 new relationships do start online.
It is also not a phenomena only for younger age groups too, as statistically there are actually more over 50’s than 20-35’s taking part and that stigma that existed 10 years or so ago, continues to subside, so much so that it is largely not noticeable.
The online dating industry is now worth over £2 billion annually, and is now so important to the British economy that the Office of National Statistics have recently added it as a category on their site, owned by HM Government, to it’s basket to calculate the UK’s inflation rate – so quite an accolade for something that was largely unheard of just a decade ago and in the middle of a global financial crisis too.
According to the Huffington Post UK’s recent article it is one of the few areas of the economy that continues to do well, with many dating sites actually increasing in popularity during the severe economic downturn we have witnessed and increasing both their numbers and profits, a rare achievement in such a difficult financial climate globally.
Throughout human history, people have sought assistance from others in meeting romantic partners – and Americans today are increasingly looking for love online by enlisting the services of online dating sites and a new generation of mobile dating apps.