In other words, add up all the wayward suitors you’d maybe meet through friends and family, in a bar, in the aisles of a supermarket, atop the pews at church or on the cycle at gym, and you still can’t hold a candle to the seemingly endless (and ever-increasing) supply of profiles online.This fact alone is a huge selling point in South African cities like Cape Town, where urban legend seems to suggest that half the men are married and the other half are gay (only bad, obviously, if you’re a single heterosexual woman).Not to mention, in his 2012 critical analysis of online dating as compared to offline dating – it’s the most recent study conducted worldwide – he and his co-researchers found that many of the matching algorithms used by online dating sites actually depend on aspects that aren’t crucial to compatibility.
Most importantly, though, the figures indicate that the process of finding romantic relationships via the sixth dimension of cyberspace is no longer hamstrung by stigma.
“You’ve got the questionnaires on online dating sites, but on Facebook, you can demonstrate how you’re involved and, because of the elements posted by others, you can almost get a truer assessment of people.” Something that he believes is essential to finding people you’re more compatible with.
Though, it’s this very argument that, David points out, is detrimental to online dating.
“Online dating has become much more mainstream,” explains David.
In the old days, it was thought to be the realm of geeks and sad, lonely people.