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Survey finds that most of us still believe in the power of finding love on dating apps

What does falling in love mean in 2019? For many, it means heading to an app and hoping you find true love with a swipe or a click, but there are concerns that online dating may not lead to true love and we are in danger of losing it.

Comparethemarket.com surveyed over 2,000 UK adults to see if love really is on the line or if online dating is simply the newest way to find true love. Over 50% of people think falling in love online is possible and over 23% believe it’s definitely achievable.

How Brits are Falling in Love in 2019

25-34-year-olds are the most optimistic about falling in love online with 34% responding “Yes, definitely” to the question of whether they felt it was possible to fall in love through an online dating app.

Comparatively, 30% of 16-24-year-olds, 26% of 35-44-year-olds, 18% of 45-54-year-olds and 15% of the over 55s agreed.

People who use dating apps tied to shared interests, such as music, are the most likely to believe you can definitely fall in love online, with 69% answering the same question with “Yes, definitely”.

The next most optimistic app users were;

  • Dating services based on religion (65%)
  • Meetic (68%)
  • SpeedDate.com (64%)
  • OkCupid (59%)
  • Grindr (57%)

In terms of gay dating apps, Grindr came out on top of the likeliest to find love. PlanetRomeo users are the most skeptical with 16.7% answering ‘no, love cannot be found on online dating apps’.

25% of PlanetRomeo users have received unsolicited pictures whilst using the app while 25% of Her users admit to running away from their dates whilst 24% of Grindr users have been stood up.

Over half of people that use online dating apps say they have fallen in love through one (56%), with 25-34-years-olds around 10% more likely to claim they have fallen in love through an app (65%).

Those in the North East of the UK have been the luckiest in online love, with 69% reporting they have fallen in love with someone they met through online dating.

Newcastle and Belfast may be the best places to try Bumble – or any other dating app – with 67% of respondents from both cities having found love online. On the unlucky end of the scale, only 33% of Cardiff respondents say they’ve found real love online.

The Gamification of Dating

With dating apps having more and more game-like features, comparethemarket.com wanted to find out people’s opinions on how this affects the way they approach dating through apps. They discovered that only 7% of people say they often treat dating apps like a game and use strategies to ‘win’.

However, this changes depending on who and where you are; with the 25-34-year-olds, this increases to 11% but among the over 55’s it drops to just 2%. Living in Sheffield (13%) or Greater London (9%) means you’re more likely to treat app dating as a game, but it’s less likely if you live in Scotland (3%), particularly near Edinburgh (1%).

The question of who treats dating apps like more of a game out of men and women gets slightly different responses depending if you ask men or women. However, they both agree that men are more likely to treat dating apps like a game, with 25% of women and 14% of men agreeing with this statement. Only 8% of men and 6% of women believe women are the most likely to treat online dating as a game.

It’s Not All Roses – Bad Experiences of Online Dating Revealed

Almost three in five (59%) people say they’ve had a bad experience of online dating, this could be either while talking to someone on the app/website itself or when meeting them in real life, this breaks down as 56% of men and 61% of women.

People who said they used Meetic (95%) most claimed to have had bad experiences either talking with, or meeting, people from the app, followed by Ashley Madison (91%), dating services based on religion (89%), SpeedDate.com (87%) and dating services based on interest (86%).

59% of people who said they used Tinder most claimed to have had bad experiences either talking with, or meeting, people from the app, the fewest out of the sites studied, followed by Match.com (62%), PlentyOfFish (64%), and Bumble (68%).

The most common bad experience with online dating is a boring first date, with 31% of people claiming to have experienced this. 21% of people have had to run away as the date was so bad, 17% felt that their date clearly fancied someone else.

Men are more likely to be stood up than women for a date made through online platforms with 20% claiming their date didn’t turn up or left early, compared to women’s 14%. Men are also a lot more likely to cause a short date with 17% admitting to spilling wine on their date compared to 10% of women.

Santeri Viinamäki [<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>], <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Smartphone_dating_app_illustration.jpg">via Wikimedia Commons</a>
Santeri Viinamäki [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

‘Appily Ever After

They say there’s someone out there for everyone, no matter what you’re into, so here are the top niche dating apps currently on the market for people to find that extra special someone;

  • Hater – 1,000,000+ users – Instead of matching with someone because of your shared interests, this app matches you up based on shared pet hates. Whether it’s loud chewers or slow walkers, Hater helps you find someone to share complaints with forever.
  • Trek Dating – 500,000+ users – Star Trek is one of the biggest sci-fi franchises in the word – with one of the most dedicated fan bases so it’s no surprise there’s a dedicated app for Trekkies who are looking for love.
  • Tastebuds – 500,000+ users – Music is the key to the soul, so why not find someone who shares your music tastes? That’s how Tastebuds matches up their music lovers.
  • Muddy Matches – 200,000+ users – If you’re a country boy or girl at heart and don’t want to waste time with city folk who don’t understand your lifestyle, Muddy Matches may be the best place to find like-minded farmer types, or…
  • Farmers Only – 150,000+ users – …you can head on over to Farmers Only, another dating app dedicated to farmers finding love.

To find out more about online dating in 2019, please see the full report here.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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