To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.
Although many dating sites tout the superiority of partner matching through the use of “scientific algorithms,” the authors find that there is little evidence that these algorithms can predict whether people are good matches or will have chemistry with one another.
The next most popular professions for females are nursing and retail, and for men - truck driving.
It makes sense that singles in such isolated professions, some with shifting schedules, would look for love online.
So if you're a resident, you might be wondering: who would I be meeting through an online dating site?
Two of the country's most popular online dating sites, e Harmony and RSVP, have pulled research from their membership to reveal the typical Australian online dater.