With more than 500 million active users, Facebook is changing the way people communicate and connect with each other. On any given day, more than 50% of Facebook users are online updating their Facebook page, reading new messages from friends, posting messages to friends or checking out someone they just met on an online dating website.
Facebook has so many users and has become such a pervasive part of daily social interaction that it is being used to can gain new insights into online dating practices and discover new dating trends. Online Dating University and the online site All Facebook recently used Facebook data to construct an infographic that reveals some interesting information about current trends in online dating and relationships.
TRENDS IN ONLINE DATING
Here are some of the more interesting stats. Click here to view the complete infographic.
- The U.S. is one of the top 5 countries where Facebook users post their relationship status, followed by South Africa, Iceland, the United Kingdom and Canada.
- The majority of Facebook users (60%) post their relationship status in their profile. At 37%, singletons have a slight edge over marrieds (31%) and a considerable lead on the 24% of people who say they’re in a relationship. Only 5% of Facebook users said they were engaged and 3% said “it’s complicated.”
- Women use Facebook more than men, outnumbering them by 1.28 to 1. The majority of Facebook users are in the 18 to 25 age bracket, followed by people 26 to 34.
- Facebook is a great way to connect and get to know someone but spending too much time checking out your date’s Facebook page can submarine a budding relationship. When people start overanalyzing Facebook posts, they tend to start reading too much — and often the wrong things — into them. Most of us are insecure enough about a new relationship; why go looking for trouble?
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