Are you looking in the right places?
Life is busy. If you're a single woman looking to maximize your time spent looking for a future husband, you probably wonder: is it better to try dating online, hit up a bar, have friends set me up or search for Mr. Right at work?
A Match.com study of 11,000 revealed that work/school remains the number one place to meet a spouse. Meeting through mutual friends fell in at number two. One in six surveyed met their wives or husbands online, meaning online dating trumped bars and clubs as the third most popular place to meet prospective dates.
Office romance and meeting via friends are old standbys, but that nearly 20 percent of Match's large sample found lasting love online sounds like progress, doesn't it? This makes sifting through profiles and crafting witty messages officially more of a mating call then buying a round of drinks.
The study goes on to report that one in five have dated or are currently in a committed relationship with someone they met online. While online dating may have once been regarded as a mecca for socially inept weirdos or perpetually fed-up cat ladies, now just about everyone smiles from a computer screen somewhere, handing out winks and pretending to know more about Wes Anderson than they claim on their "movies" section. It's as second nature as making eye contact at a party.
These results make sense, right? Relationships have a better go at it if you meet while bright-eyed and rational, than in a dark club in the early morning hours. Plus, who really has time to go out on the prowl? Sometimes it's just so much easier to slip into some sweats and browse through a selection of potential mates like you would handbags than to squeeze into something attractive and pretend to feel comfortable in a crowd.