Dating Websites Where Women Outnumber Men

While online dating has emerged as part of mainstream dating culture in these times, finding the right partner still takes time and is often a matter of chance. One of the main complaints about dating sites is that they do not have a balanced pool of male and female members. While men complain about greater competition for women on large sites like Match.com, women complain about the availability of eligible dates on sites like Millionaire.com. Here are some dating sites where women outnumber men.

Figures of people looking for love online

First it might be a good idea to cast a sweeping glance over the trends in online dating. One in every ten American adults has used an online dating site or a mobile dating app, according to Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project Spring Tracking Survey conducted from April 17 to May 19, 20131. 11% of internet users - representing 9% of all adults – say that they have personally used on online dating site such as Match.com, eHarmony, or OK Cupid. Since 85% of the population now goes online, that means that one out of every ten Americans (9%) has used an online dating site at one point or another. Apart from this, 7% of cell phone apps users (representing 3% of all adults) say that they have used a dating app on their cell phone. Taken together, 11% of all American adults have used either an online dating site or a mobile dating app and are classified as “online daters.” In terms of demographics, online dating is most common among Americans in their mid-20’s through mid-40’s. Some 22% of 25-34 year olds, and 17% of 35-44 year olds are online daters—that is roughly double the rate for those ages 18-24 or those ages 45-54. Urban and suburban residents are more likely than rural residents to use online dating, and those who have attended college are around twice as likely to do so as are those who have not attended college. in terms of gender men seemed to do it slightly more than women – according to numbers in the Pew Study while 10% men used dating sites, women used it marginally less at 9%.

TIP: eHarmony is a dating website where women outnumber men.

Social networking profiles often contain a wealth of valuable information to potential suitors—such as personal photos, current relationship status, or information about one’s hobbies and interests—and many users are taking advantage of these sites to research people they are interested in romantically.

Today six out of every ten Americans use social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook or Twitter. Nearly one third (30%) of SNS users with recent dating experience have used a social networking site to get more information about someone they were interested in dating. Social networking sites also offer an additional venue for meeting or being introduced to “friends of friends.” Some 12% of SNS users with recent dating experience have friended or followed someone on a social networking site specifically because one of their friends suggested they might want to date that person. Beyond using these sites as a tool for researching potential partners, some 15% of SNS users with recent dating experience have actually asked someone out on a date using a social networking site. Men are somewhat more likely than women to have done this (19% vs. 11%) but otherwise this behavior is relatively consistent across demographic groups.

Gender Ratio at these sites

According to the Pew Study the top five sites which were most commonly used by American online daters were Match.com, eHarmony, Plenty of Fish, OK Cupid and Christian Mingle. Most of the bigger dating sites come within 10 percentage points of being evenly split, perhaps with the possible exception of eHarmony. One of the most popular sites across the world, eHarmony has 68.6 percent women visitors2, a significant tilt towards female use. One of the reasons that can explain high female presence on this site is that it is primarily designed for singles looking for committed relationship. Though the notion that women don’t look for casual dates in online dating smacks of gender stereotyping, perhaps they are more serious about their love lives and would much rather spend time and resources to meet compatible men rather than mere hookups. And eHarmony with its copious profile questions and elaborate personality matching mechanism promises to set up members with the most compatible matches, thus attracting women users in large numbers.

Women more on smaller sites

One of the most significant aspects about gender ratios on dating sites is that on the smaller ones, female users outnumber male users2. This is particularly true of niche dating sites which cater to the relationship needs of a certain group of singles, for instance marked by body type, age or religion.

SeniorPeopleMeet, the 41st most popular site, had 80.8 percent women. On senior dating websites, the preponderance of women users can be attributed to female longevity as well as the more likely fact that senior men find it easier to get remarried after a divorce or widowhood rather than senior women. In the United States, the 7.9 million older women who live alone now make up almost half of all women living solo. The share of men 65 and over who live alone is smaller (3.3 million) but grew faster than women since 20053.

Other niche dating sites like BBW Datefinder and Catholic Match also show larger numbers of female users. The former which claims to be designed for “big beautiful women and admirers,” had 76.3 percent women while the latter which functions to bring Catholic singles together also had a significant majority of female users, at 72 percent.

References:

  1. Pew Internet - Main Report
     
  2. The New York Times - On Niche Dating Sites, Many More Women
     
  3. USA TODAY - More people choose to go solo