Do online dating websites work?

To answer your question simply, yes, dating websites do work. 1 in 5 relationships and 1 in 6 marriages start online, and Match has been responsible for 517,000 relationships and 92,000 marriages. A study by the Daily Mail predicted that by 2031 half of all relationships will start online.

Still have concerns? We’ve answered some of your top worries about online dating to help you put your mind at rest:

– What if someone I know sees me on dating websites?

Nearly 25% of Brits use dating sites and apps. If someone you know sees your profile, the first thing to remember is that they’re almost definitely in the same boat as you, and that they probably know you’re single already.

Being pro-active about finding a date isn’t something you shouldn’t be sheepish about. Instead of sitting at home, complaining about single life, you’re actually acting on this feeling to do something about it. This is brave and bold, so remember that you are doing this for you, not anyone else, and know you should feel empowered by your decision rather than embarrassed.

– Are dating websites safe?

The best thing about online dating is that you can get to know someone before you decide to meet them. Winking and sending messages can be really fun, but you do have to be responsible to ensure you have a safe and successful experience. At Match we do our very best to ensure the personal safety of our members and have some simple steps below to keep you safe. If you want to read more, see our longer dating safety article.

Take time to get to know your date: dating websites give you the opportunity to date at your own pace, so you can take the time to really get to know someone. If you don’t want to share your personal contact details, keep your conversations on the app or website.

Be in control: You’re not alone in your dating journey, at Match it is our job to help you. If something doesn’t feel right, you can let us know straight away by alerting us to the issue.

Recognise the warning signs: This is as much about intuition as it is about being aware of a few key flagging points. Never give out confidential details. You can read these in more details here.

Be date smart: When you do go on a date be smart about the location you choose. Make sure it’s in public and that you’ve let someone else know where you’re going.

– Aren’t dating sites quite impersonal?

Dating websites and apps are a means to finding new people you want to get to know better. The process of getting to know someone is often even more revealing than just meeting someone out of the blue, as you’re able to see photographs, read what your potential date has to say about themselves, see if you have mutual attraction in your first messages and then take it from there. This all leads to a greater chance of success for when you decide to meet in person.

– I don’t know if dating websites are for people like me?

Everybody’s at it. Back in the ancient history of online dating there were far fewer people online, and there was a smaller range of people dating online, but that time has long passed. Almost 1 in 4 Brits are now using dating apps or websites. That’s a pretty enormous amount of singles who might potentially be your perfect match!

Have a browse through member profiles for free, and find out for yourself if you think you’d like to get to know and date other like-minded singles looking for love.

For more advice head back to our dating section, or read more of our dating blogs!