The five myths of finding love online
FINDING love anywhere is no easy task. Finding it online is a minefield.
The dating experts at RSVP have done some mythbusting after surveying 1200 of its members.
Here are the top five myths they found:
1. MEN SHOULD MAKE THE FIRST MOVE
38% of single women surveyed think that women should wait until men ask them out.
Only 6% of single men agree with this.
RSVP Relationship Expert and Psychologist, John Aiken:
"It seems that the men have spoken.
"While one in three women are still traditional in their notions of who makes the first move, the overwhelming majority of men are very happy for women to initiate dates.
"So it's time for single women to get out of their comfort zones and start being proactive!"
2. ALWAYS BE SPONTANEOUS
45% of both men and women surveyed said that dates should be made three to five days in advance.
"The moral of the story here is that preparation is key," Mr Aiken said.
"Organising a date a week or more out is too keen but don't wait until the last minute.
"Give your love interest plenty of time to get ready for and excited about your upcoming date.
"It shows they're not an afterthought."
3. MEN SHOULD DO THE CHASING
82% of single women and 69% of single men said they like to be pursued by the other person when dating.
"More than two thirds of men like to be chased by their date so my advice to single women waiting for him to call or arrange the next date is don't sit back.
"Rather, be prepared to share some of the work pursuing each other - it makes it more fun when there is some give and take."
4. MEN ARE MORE LIKELY TO PLAY THE FIELD
In Australia, the vast majority of both men (85%) and women (82%) tend to date only one person at a time.
Single women (18%) are actually slightly more likely than men (15%) to date more than one person at a time.
"The statistics show that singles tend to take dating seriously and they're keen to put their time into getting to know one person really well rather than juggling too many dates at one time."
5. MEN ARE MORE CASUAL IN THEIR APPROACH TO RELATIONSHIPS
48% of single women and 47% of single men say it is ok to talk about relationship goals and expectations on the first date.
"Women often get labeled as being too upfront about their relationship expectations early on but it appears that nearly half of both men and women think this is an acceptable topic for first date banter."
What do you think?
Are you surprised by these "myths" busted by RSVP or are those surveyed just trying to give the "right" answers?
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