skip to content

Apply for a Free Custom Quote

 
 

Web Design News

Success of online dating

Internet dating is proving a much more successful way to find long-term romance and friendship for thousands of people than was previously thought, new research shows.

A new study of online dating site members has found that when couples who had built up a significant relationship by e-mailing or chatting online met for the first time, 94 per cent went on to see each other again.

Perhaps surprisingly, the study, by Dr Jeff Gavin, of the University of Bath, also found that men were more emotionally dependent on their ?e-partners? than women, and more committed to the relationship.Dr Jeff Gavin

Old-fashioned romance isn?t dead, however: among the survey?s findings were that exchanging gifts was the best way to ensure commitment in the relationship.

Dr Gavin?s research comes at a time when the numbers using internet dating agencies have steadily increased: around six million Britons are now believed to have signed up.

Dr Gavin, with Dr Adrian Scott of the University of Bath and Dr Jill Duffield of the University of the West of England, carried out an online survey of 229 people, aged 18 to 65, who have used UK internet dating sites, asking them about their main relationship that they had had online. Dr Gavin?s paper will be presented to a conference next month.

The research showed that:

? 94 per cent of those surveyed saw their ?e-partner? again after first meeting them, and the relationships lasted for an average of at least seven months, with 18 per cent of them lasting over a year.

? men online were significantly more likely to be committed to the relationship than women and were more dependent on their ?e-partner?.

? the more the couple engaged in simultaneous online chat before meeting rather than simply e-mailing one another, the more they were found to depend on one another emotionally and the more they understood one another.

? those who exchanged gifts before meeting had a more committed and deeper relationship.

? the more the couple talked on the telephone before they met, the deeper the relationship.

Dr Gavin, of the University?s Psychology Department, and his co-authors, found that people using the internet rarely used webcams, which allow computer users to see one another, because they preferred the greater anonymity of writing and using the telephone.

?This study shows that online dating can work for many people, leading to a successful meeting for almost everyone we surveyed,? said Dr Gavin.

?Given that the most successful relationships lasted at least seven months, and in some case over a year, it seems that these relationships have a similar level of success as ones formed in more conventional ways.

?We found that men tend to be more committed to the online relationships than women, possibly because the anonymity of writing gives them a chance to express their emotions more readily than in real life.

?We also found that people are shying away from using webcams because they feel it?s important not see their partners for some time ? there is something special about text-based relationships.?

Dr Gavin believes that the reason that using the telephone and online chatting indicates a deeper relationship is that these are methods of simultaneous communication, whereas e-mails are more formal.

Of the relationships, 39 per cent were still going on at the time of the survey, and of these 24 per cent had been going for at least a year, and eight per cent for at least two years. Of the relationships that had already ended at the time of the survey, 14 per cent had lasted over a year, and four per cent had lasted over two years.


Share

Recent Web Design News Articles


News Archive
New Toucan Design Blog

We are just installing a new blog to plug into our website, the blog will include free snippets of code that we have developed as well as feedback and generla ramblings.

Toucan Web Design Blog


Google spoiling Christmas?

Is Google spoiling Christmas? We think so, check out our article to see why our Xmas surprises may no longer be a surprise.


High Quality SEO Campaign

We have a few limited places, maximum 5 people to join our ultra high quality link building and SEO campaign.


Search Engine Updates

Penguins and Pandas??
After the recent changes to Google's search engine algorithm, Toucan Web Design are pleased to announce our search engine optimisation program is still returning good results.


Office Move

Toucan Web Design Limited are moving offices on Monday 24th September 2012.


Speed up your iPhone iPad or iPod

Is your device running slow? use the following tips to get your iPhone, iPad or iPod running faster, cleaner and more efficiently wihout having to restore or lose any valuable data.


Toucan Video Tutorials

New features for all of our web hosting customers, learn how to get the most out of your hosting.


Xmas 2011 Opening Hours

Our offices will be shut from Friday 23rd December 2011 and will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2012


Mondays SEO tip

Some great tips to help you grow your Google rankings, today its images


New web hosting

Toucan Web Design Limited is now on our new web server.


Back up your website with cPanel

Instructions to back up your website files, database and email filters and forwarders configuration through the cPanel control panel


Office Move

Toucan are moving offices today, although our servers and websites will be available throughout the move, our telephone lines and internet may be down for a while


Rightmove? latemove more like

New TV adverts to promote rightmove\'s unique map house search? Move aside we developed that technology 5 years ago www.propertysell.co.uk


Christmas Web Design

Dont ignore the obvious, 3 months till christmas we advise our customers to make sure they are prepared for the 2011 Ecommerce Web Design Xmas rush


The Lost Group

Toucan Web Design are pleased to have completed their new website for Black Book in Sweden.


Latest Web Development

Toucan Web Design Limited are pleased to have finished work on a small internal deveopment for a chain of bakeries.


Bargate Rovers

Toucan Web Design are proud to be sponsoring Bargate Rovers Footbal Club this year, good luck to the team.


Latest Google Merchant Updates

Google have got some major changes coming to their shopping results, any ecommerce retailers are strongly advised to upgrade.


Moving Offices

Toucan Web Design Limited are moving offices 1st October 2011.


PHP Developer wanted

Toucan Web Design Limited are currently seeking a professional PHP developer to work from our offices in Belper, Derbyshire.
Applicants must have a minimum 2 years experience in developing within a PHP/MYSQL web development environment.


New CRM Software

We are developing new CRM Software to plug in with our timing and work management suite at Toucan Web Design


Graphic Designer Wanted

Vacancy Filled


Google Base Changes

Latest changes to Google Base


Twitter and Facebook

Keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter


Web Manager Wanted

Toucan Web Design Limited are currently looking for a web manager.


New Server software

We have completed updating our server software.


Web Server Outages

Toucan Web Design Limited have recently been the victim of a malicious cyber attack on our web servers.
We are working closely with our server team to ensure that our services are continually monitored and disruption is kept to a minimum.


Ecommerce trading internationally

Are you selling online and thinking of expanding to the worldwide marketplace?

http://www.toucanwebdesign.com/news/Ecommerce-trading-internationally/24.html


Toucan Web Design Tip of the Week

For all UK customers who are using Orange mobile phone services, you can now get even more coverage after the share with Tmobile transmitters.


Social media Integration

Toucan Web Design is now offering complete social media web integration


Blogs become new advertising medium

Web Logs becoming advertising force


Traffic domain name sold

Navteq Pays $179m For Traffic.com


Microsoft release .net framework v3

Microsoft Releases Vista-tied .NET Framework 3.0


Microsoft changes Vista Licence

Microsoft changes Vista licence agreement


Bosnia software figures disgust

Almost 70 percent of Bosnian software fake: report


Zango adware tactics foiled

Zango fined $3m for illegal adware installations


Web Application Security Testing

Cenzic Offers Enterprise-Scale Web App Security Testing


Microsoft and Zend join

Microsoft forges ties with open source maker Zend


Government and online gambling

Government to regulate online gaming after US Ban


Google algorithm challenged

In court Google case to defend the secrecy of their ranking system


Internet TV

Companies have broad aims for TV on the web


Windows Vista running late?

Will Windows Vista ship on time?


British Library goes Digital

British Library predicts 'switch to digital by 2020'


Success of online dating

Internet dating is much more successful than previously thought, study shows


British Film Institute online

The British Film Institute brings together its comprehensive collection of film and British television data into a new Web site


Accountants software firm launched

TWD Expand business with new Sage developers licence


Fame TV you control

Fame TV Turns Couch Potatoes into National Stars within 15 Minutes


Website Design and gender

Key Website Research Highlights Gender Bias


TWD Relaunches Internet news page

Toucan Web Design UK relaunch their web design news after rebranding


Google now giving personal searches

Top search engine now offers you the chance for your own custom search engine on your website.