I do not know of any reliable statistics about this matter, but the figures I give below approximate the way these dating situations are likely to progress: If you are really serious about dating, you join three or four dating sites.You read the profiles of other clients and put up your own. (Any lies will surface sooner or later.) Be straightforward. Do not come across as someone who loves everything in the world from classical music to sky-diving. You arrange to meet for only an hour or two for coffee or a drink.
If you look at one house every week or so, this process can take a long time.
Mammals and birds, and other animals have to win the attention of a possible mate. They make the following objections, which I have described in a previous post and in a somewhat different context: Meeting strangers is potentially dangerous. Meeting people through the agency of these dating sites is no more or less dangerous than meeting them any other way.
In prehistoric times, individuals probably had to choose from only a half-dozen or so potential partners. An argument for internet dating: We have now, in the time of the internet, an inestimably huge number of potential mates, or to put it in the current vernacular, dates. Presenting oneself publicly as wishing to meet someone suggests, in the minds of some people, that such a person is driven to dating this way because he/she is unsuccessful dating in a more conventional way. Patients whom I have known who date successfully are largely inclined to date people they meet in all sorts of places, church, work, parties, and so on—It is important to realize and accept that any single dating opportunity is not likely to result in a long-term relationship, SO YOU MUST NOT BECOME DISCOURAGED BECAUSE OF REPEATED FAILURES.
But even then there must have been some choice involved.
After all, other animals have elaborate courtship behaviors. (I don’t recommend those that are free since the people on those site are less likely to be financially successful.) Some people, especially some older people, have a prejudice against internet dating.