It looks like our Australian friends are discovering the wild and wooly world of online dating, but aren’t so quick to admit it, according to a recent article by Digby Hildreth for the Gatton Star.
Apparently 23% of lonely/horny adults in New South Wales have used online dating and a further 35% are considering it, according to a 2010 “Date of the Nation” report from RSVP, Australia’s most popular dating site (or so they claim). Other popular sites include sugardaddie.com, eHarmony, match.com, OasisActive, and Plenty of Fish.
In addition, a British study has found that Internet dating is a more successful way of finding long-term romance and friendship for thousands of people than was previously thought. It found that when couples who had built up a significant relationship by emailing or chatting online met for the first time, 94% went on to see each other again. The study shows that online dating can work for many people, leading to a successful meeting for almost everyone surveyed, demonstrating that these relationships have a similar level of success as ones formed in more conventional ways.
But dear readers of my blog and my book “FREE LOVE – True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet”, we know that not all online dating experiences are successful ones, and some Aussie newbies are learning that the hard way. Take “Jessica” (29) for example, who was in a bar waiting to meet someone she met on OasisActive. When he arrived he was wearing a Superman T-shirt and almost immediately started revealing some very personal information: that he was an insomniac, a drug addict, had just separated from his wife, and living with his grandmother.
But that’s the risk you take when putting yourself out there in the dating world, whether online or offline – you usually have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find that prince, princess or princess’ hot sister. The Internet just makes it a little easier to find them.
It’s nice to see online dating catching on more and more in other parts of the world. Because it’s still relatively new in the land of Oz, there’s a stigma attached to it that people will need to get over before they’re more comfortable admitting to doing it – much like what we’ve experienced here in America before it became more a socially acceptable way of meeting people. But with a bit of av-a-go-yer-mug they’ll be ace at it any tic of the clock.