If you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, you’d better go for a check-up. You wouldn’t want your pearly whites showing signs of decay or getting out of line. There are the standard health reasons, of course, but thanks to the Match.com Singles in America 2014 survey, we now know that your date is judging your teeth—and they’re judging them hard. Right behind your grammar and your confidence.
For the fourth year, Match.com has conducted their Singles in America survey where they ask a variety of questions about love and relationships to over 5,000 singles from 18 years old to over 70. They released their findings in February. Right before Valentine’s Day. Coincidental? You decide.
Not to be outdone, Spark Networks’ Christian Mingle and JDate piloted their own survey of over 2,500 singles ages 18 to 59. In January, they released the Second Annual State of Dating Reportwhere they shared their findings.
Both surveys included a host of questions, many similar. It’s important to remember that Match.com does not claim to be a Christian site, but many Christians do use it and find compatible matches. Christian Mingle is not a Christian-owned site despite the use of the word “Christian” in the title. Its target demographic is Christians, but that does not mean everyone who uses the site is necessarily “Christian.” Furthermore, their survey was conducted in conjunction with JDate, an online dating site targeted at Jewish daters.
Here are a few things we found interesting/disturbing/
Singles in America 2014 from Match.com
- 31% of those surveyed met their most recent first date online, followed by 25% being introduced to him/her by a friend.
- 51% of singles have imagined a future together on the first date.
- 62% of the singles surveyed wanted to have more sex in 2014.
- Nearly half of the singles surveyed think the sixth date is a good time to initiate sex with a new partner.
- On average, singles spend $61.53/per month per person on their dating lives, which means singles spend $738.36/per year or $82 billion collectively (111 million singles) on their dating lives.
Second Annual State of Dating Report from Christian Mingle and JDate
- 87% of those surveyed say that they will have sex before marriage.
- 86% of men and 92% of women believe that having sex with someone else multiple times is being unfaithful. Nearly 25% of singles would marry someone who had cheated on them while they were dating.
- 79% of those surveyed don’t ask anyone to help them with their online dating profile, and 74% don’t ask anyone for input on potential dates.
- 69% of singles are somewhat puzzled about whether or not they’re actually on a date or not.
- 94% of the singles surveyed believe that online dating helps to broaden the people in their dating pool. 80% would rather use online dating than rely on family members for matches, and 78% believe it’s better than relying on friends to find matches.