Apparently people who use online dating websites are richer, taller, thinner, and better looking than the average person. At least, that’s what they write about themselves. 😛 Hey, who would’ve guessed? But how honest are people really when it comes to sharing their personal information on dating sites?
Some women approaching 30 seek a man-date to get married. But they have to be careful about who they choose. Maybe dating a tennis player would be a ball, but it could also turn out to just be a racquet. Besides, tennis players aren’t even romantic because Love means nothing to them. 😀 Since we live in a digital world, online dating can be a legitimate way for people to meet each other. So let’s see what the landscape looks like.
The Economics of Online Dating
A study focusing on over 20,000 active users of dating sites in the United States is outlined in the book Freakonomics. About 4 out of 100 users (4%) reported they earned over $200,000 a year. But only about 1% of the U.S. general population is making that much so either government statistics are wrong or 3 out of the 4 users were inflating their earnings.
Both men and women tend to report as being an inch taller than the national average for their genders. But in terms of weight, men were in line with the national average while women apparently weighed 20 pounds less than the national average.
Online dating users are typically really good looking. About 70% called themselves “above average.” 30% chose “average.” Roughly 1% said their looks were “less than average.” How humble. So either most people with online dating profiles are genuinely more attractive than average or they have an overinflated view of their appearances. Of course make up and Instagram filters can alter the way we look.
28% of women said they are blond, which is a number much higher than the national average, which indicates either dyeing or lying. A man who does not include a photo gets 40% less attention than a man who does. Meanwhile, a woman who doesn’t include her photo gets 76% less attention. Even a low income, poorly educated, unhappily employed, not very attractive, slightly overweight, and balding man but who includes a photo with his profile stands a better chance of receiving messages from women than a man who says he makes $200,000 a year and is deadly handsome but does not have a photo. I guess people just want to see the goods. Just like posting an ad to sell a car, if there’s no picture then potential buyers will think there might be something wrong with the car.
How To Get Results with Online Dating
This is why economics is so cool. We can take all the data collected and come up with a winning formula to give us the best odds to achieve our goals. Below are step by step things you can do to increase your chances of getting a date. 🙂
For men, looking for a woman.
- Be white
- Be tall
- Be rich
- Be ready to commit
- Be a doctor, lawyer, or go join the military
That’s all there is to it guys! 😀 You can exaggerate your height and income to appear tall and rich, and use whitening cream or makeup to look white if you aren’t already, lol. Asian, black and Latino men receive fewer messages in general than white men. White women in particular reply to white men twice as much as they reply to black and Latino men. Asian men receive fewer than 25% as many messages from white women as white men with the same levels of income and education. Men who say they want a long term relationship do much better than men looking for an occasional lover.