By Alex Mindlin
Single parents are highly overrepresented among people who have recently used online dating, according to figures released by Mediamark Research, an audience research firm.
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Mediamark projects that, on any given day, some 397,000 people who are the single parent of a child in their household have used online dating within 30 days. The figure represents 16.1 percent of all recent online daters.
They have a nice sidebar accompanying this article. The gist is that 7% of single American adults are single parents and 16% of online dating enthusiasts are single parents. There is a bit of a disconnect there. Clearly, single parents are busy people. Between the child-raising and work there is not a whole lot of time to meet someone new. That’s part of why they need the interweb. But they also need some glimmer of reassurance that their chat-mate is not misrepresenting themselves. And finally, it’s a lot easier to not look desperate. Some single parents probably feel a little bit of a stigma going to single parent events at their church or favorite bar. It’s got to be a little bit trippy thinking, ‘hey, will this dude in the suede loafers be a decent dad to my kids? Will his kids, who - let’s face it -probably aided in breaking up his marriage be a major pain in my ass?’ And while you’re contemplating your first move, ‘do you know how much a polar bear weighs? Enough to break the ice… Is this thing on? I’m Donna,’ some frosted-haired PTA treasurer swoops in. Forget that noise. Just stick to the rivers and lakes that you’re used to, man.