5 Things We Learned About Online Dating In 2012

Online Dating in 2012

Let's take a look at what we discovered about digital dating this year.

Remember when no one spoke about online dating? In the past few years, we've 'backspaced' the stigma surrounding digital romance. Now, finding love on everything from eHarmony to Twitter has become acceptable.

With over 40 million people signed up across nearly 1,500 dating sites this year, it's no surprise that the business of love is booming. 

Here, we count down what we learned about finding love online in 2012.

1. Online Dating Is Trendy
Online dating is cool — according to Google at least. Dating Services snagged a spot as one of Google Zeitgeist's 2012 most searched lifestyle categories. Which ones are most popular on the search engine?

1. PlentyofFish
2. Match
3. OKcupid
4. eHarmony
5. DateHookup
6. Zoosk
7. Christian Mingle
8. AdultFriendFinder
9. JDate
10. SinglesNet

2. We're Lying On Our Profiles
Yup, you guessed it: our profiles aren't 100% true. According to MBAPrograms, 81% of us are stretching the truth on things we're still probably lying to ourselves about: age, weight and height. While women claim to be 8.5 pounds thinner, men are subtracting their weight by about two pounds. (Is two pounds even noticeable?) 

3. Size Matters
Both men and women take into account the amount of paragraphs a user writes in his or her About Me box. Though, the sexes disagree on how long they should be. Surprised? Men were turned off by lengthy profiles and want the ladies to keep it brief — no longer than a paragraph, according to a Chemistry.com survey. Women, on the other hand, want more information. They prefer two to three paragraphs. Keep reading...

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