To understand which characteristics are important to users in deciding whom to contact, regression models show the relative strength of a variety of attributes in predicting how many messages a user with those attributes will receive.By far the strongest predictor of messages received is the number of messages sent.
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.This work begins with psychological and sociological perspectives on online dating and discusses the various types of online dating Web sites.Next, it presents an analysis of user behavior on one site in particular, which has more than 57,000 active users from the United States and Canada.Conclusions: Internet dating is a common mate selection strategy among the highly selective subpopulation of single Internet users and may continue to grow through social networks.
Material and virtual elements of the digital divide have direct and indirect effects on Internet dating. Philip PY - 2010/6Y1 - 2010/6N2 - Objective: The objective of this article is to identify the sociodemographic correlates of Internet dating net of selective processes that determine who is " at risk." We also examine the role of computer literacy, social networks, and attitudes toward Internet dating among single Internet users. Results: Sociodemographic factors have strong effects on Internet access and single status but weak effects on use of Internet dating services once the sample is conditioned on these factors.TY - JOURT1 - The Social demography of internet dating in the United States*AU - Sautter, Jessica M. Methods: We use multivariate logistic regression to analyze 3,215 respondents from the first nationally representative U. For this " at-risk" subpopulation, computer literacy and social networks strongly influence the likelihood of Internet dating.Material and virtual elements of the digital divide have direct and indirect effects on Internet dating.Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.Most services offer digital messaging, while others provide additional services such as webcasts, online chat, telephone chat (VOIP), and message boards.