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Lastly, in spite of the rise in online dating, only 5 percent of married couples or those in a committed relationship say they met their partners online, and 88 percent of people say they met their partners via conventional means.
So while online dating is on the rise, most online relationships do not lead to long-term, committed relationships. (2013), a higher percentage of married couples in their sample (30 percent) met online, and those that did were slightly but significantly more likely to stay together and report greater marital satisfaction.
Online daters, disappointed by potential partners lying about their age, weight or marital status, are turning to professional matchmakers to find love.
REUTERS/Michaela Rehle Rather than risk taking pot luck online, chief executives, entertainers and politicians are among those paying thousands of dollars to matchmakers to discreetly “headhunt” and vet the perfect partner.
Nightingale said about 80 percent of her clients had tried online dating before coming to her with horror stories.
Disenchanted with online dating and keen to put as much effort into finding a partner as he did to his career, Los Angeles product designer Bill Conley signed up for relationship seminars at matchmaker Julie Ferman’s Cupid’s Coach agency.
“Los Angeles is the temple of the external appearance.
I don’t think any of them were the mad axe man type, but if you’d met them anywhere else you wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole,” said London nursing manager Joanna Haworth, 36.
“Some might have used photos from three years ago when they were three stone lighter.