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United States Far From #1 in Online Dating Popularity

(Online Dating Magazine - January 24, 2011) When it comes to looking for love online, the United States isn't in the top five countries. In fact, it's closer to the bottom five. Popularity of online dating for finding a life partner is low on the priority list for Americans. But for some other countries, it's the main way people look for love.

A study by GlobeScan, commissioned by the BBC World Service, found that 60% of Internet users in India and 59% of Internet users in Pakistan believe that going online to look for a potential life parter is a great idea.

“This shows what a major role the Internet now plays in the lives of millions of people around the world," said GlobeScan Research Director Sam Mountford. "For many, and particularly in the developing world, it’s not just somewhere to work, shop, or communicate with friends, but a credible way of finding a partner in life.”

In America the number of people who think the Internet is a good place to find a relation is quite low - 21%. In fact, the majority of Americans (68%) do not believe that going online to find a potential partner is a good idea. This puts the United States in the bottom five in regards to how Internet users feel about using online dating to find a potential boyfriend or girlfriend. Only China and South Korea rank worse in their attitudes of using the Internet to look for love.

While Pakistan and India were the only countries where the majority of citizens believed that going online was a good idea in search of love, there were many close to that threshold. 49% of Internet users in Indonesia believed going online to search for a potential partner was a good idea. In Ghana that percentage was at 47%.

But what about the opposite? When it comes to countries that believed it was not a good idea to go online in search of a boyfriend/girlfriend, South Korea led the way with 81% followed closely by China at 78%,

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Despite American beliefs that going online is a good place to look for love, tens of millions of Americans still do it. In fact, Online Dating Magazine estimates that more than 280,000 people marry each year as a result of meeting on an online dating service. In fact, 1 out of every 5 single people in the United States have dated someone they met online.

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