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Do online dating websites work?

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Do online dating websites work?

To answer your question simply, yes they do. 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 a dating site?

If someone you know sees your profile, the first thing to remember is that they are in the same boat as you and that they probably know you’re single already. Being pro-active about finding a date is something you shouldn’t be ashamed of. Instead of sitting at home, complaining that you don’t want to be single, you’re actually acting on this feeling to do something about it. This is really brave, so remember that you are doing this for you, not anyone else, to make you 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 actually 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: Online dating gives you the opportunity to date at your own pace, so you can take the time to really get to know someone. You don’t need to give away your contact details to do this as you can chat through emails and instant messenger on the platform.

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. 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?

The process of looking for someone on a dating site might give you the impression that it is impersonal, as you are looking through people’s photographs and reading about them online. Although these are the steps you would take to find someone on a dating site, online dating actually gives you the opportunity to get to know someone really well. Through direct messages and instant messenger you’ll get a sense of who that person really is before you even go on a date. This leads to a greater chance of success when you do meet up.

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