This is an impressive number compared to some other countries such as the United States, where only 9% of adults visited a dating site in 2013.
Lucie Mariotti, a dating coach in Paris, thinks that many people turn to online dating in France because the French are often too proud or too afraid of failure to ask people out in person.
In 2006, when only 42% of households in the country had internet access, already 10% of French people were on such websites.
Over the next seven years, this number rose to 14% among 26-65 year olds.
Whereas in 2006 French online daters were mainly urban (Parisian) high-level professionals, users have become more diverse in the past ten years.
“We’re seeing a strong segmentation of sites that target specific populations: people of a certain age, location, social groups, or religion,” said Bergstrom. Online dating comes in fifth place after nights out with friends or nights in at friends homes.
“The democratization of dating websites is becoming a ‘segregated democratization’.” Some websites, like Attractive World, require the current members to vote on new members, ensuring a certain exclusivity and uniformity of users. “Among people who met their current partner between 20, less than 9% met each other on this type of site,” said Bergstrom.
If there’s any nationality that you think wouldn’t need much help in the dating department, it’s the French.
That's because when we think of the most romantic people in the world, we almost certainly think of the French.
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