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1. Millions of men are online
According to statisticbrain.com, there are 54 million singles in the U.S. and 40 million of them have tried online dating. Out of those millions, only 10% of them leave within the first three months. These numbers are astonishing. 20 million are on eHarmony and 15 million are on Match.com, and 52.4% of users are men. What luck!
There is no excuse for not stepping out with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome, Mr. Short, Blonde, and Rich or Mr. Super Hot UPS Driver on Friday night. Seriously, there is just something about that brown uniform...but that's a whole other story.
2. You know whether or not a man is single.
Meeting people in real life can be tricky because you might wonder, "Does he have a girlfriend or a wife and he just happened to forget to wear his wedding ring today?" When you are online, it's a no-brainer.
There is a checkbox for relationship status on pretty much every dating website. Overall, from my experience, men are pretty honest (unless they are under 5'8"—they might lie a little about how tall they are; and, if his body type says average, he might be a little softer than you imagined...and I mean in the belly department).
3. American couples that met online have lower divorce rates.
Research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which just happened to be funded by eHarmony, the marriage-minded mega online dating site, concluded that the relationships found online are more gratifying than the relationships found offline.
This study boasted over 20,000 respondents and 35% of them met their current love online. Online couples have a better chance percentage-wise of keeping their marriage together than other couples. Online dating sure has its perks, especially on the staying-together-in-marriage front.
4. There is more than enough online help if you don't know where to start.
When I googled the words "Online Dating Advice", there were 158,000,000 web results. If you are recently single and feeling a little out of practice, there are plenty of dating coaches, forums, and great online dating advice from experts who care to help people figure out how to find love. Learn the 7 Step Cookie Jar Method to have Epic Communication.
If you feel overwhelmed about the 782 emails you get in your inbox the first week, never fear! There are millions of free online articles to help you sort them all out. If you are feeling nervous about what to say in your first email to that handsome salesman that only lives 20 minutes away, you can find exactly the information you need.
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