Research on online dating Chatopolis users
Commentators claim the advantages of internet dating include: convenience and ease of access to a large number of potential partners, particularly for individuals interested in partners of a specific orientation, lifestyle, or if they live in an isolated area; the opportunity for determining common interests and chatting before actually meeting face-to-face; the chance to control the seriousness and speed of relationships being sought; and access to the compatibility ‘matching’ profiles of many sites.
However, there can also be negatives and users should exercise some caution with dating and romance scams accounting for over 30 per cent of total reported scam losses to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
This is ahead of other traditional channels including interest-based clubs, holidays, pubs or bars, work and social networking sites.
Reduced stigma has promoted increases in online dating at all ages.
Just under 600 people responded to the Relationships Australia online survey in November 2017.
Three-quarters (80%) of survey respondents identified as female.
The same survey also found that there were more male internet users who were currently using dating sites or apps than female users.
In general, survey respondents reported that dating websites and apps benefited everyone, but were most useful to lonely or isolated people, or younger people and/or teenagers (figure 4). Online dating industry report: A report on the ACCC’s participation in the 16th International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network (ICPEN) internet sweep, Commonwealth of Australia.