Match com releases study on trends in online dating

5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --, the world's largest online dating site, today released findings from its annual 'Singles in America' study -- the most comprehensive national study of single Americans.

Now in its fourth year, the report illustrates the ways in which singles of all ages are leading the way toward more intimate partnerships and dramatically altering traditional beliefs about sex, love and attachment.

Summer is in full bloom, your body is beach season-ready (or close enough), and you’re set to start swiping at a furious clip.

Older people are still 'hip.' New sexual and social taboos are emerging.

Singles are more than 3x more likely to have met their most recent first date online than through work (8%) or a bar/club (6%). Shoes: Men are more likely to judge dates by their tattoos (62%) than their shoes (25%); women are more likely to judge dates by their clothes (68%) than their cars (40%). 8% women) to be more appropriate on a first date than women. SINGLES' VIEWS ON MODERN RELATIONSHIPS Breaking Barriers: 75% of singles would date someone from a different ethnic background, while 70% of singles would date someone of a different religious background and over half of singles approve of partners having children out of wedlock (54% of men; 52% of women).

God, Government, and Ex-girlfriends: When out on a first date, both sexes agree that they would rather not discuss past relationships (72%), politics (62%) or religion (54%). It's All about the Benjamins: Singles spend nearly .53 per month on dating-related activities, totaling approximately 8.36 each year per individual. Gay Marriage Progress Report: 65% of singles approve of same-sex marriage (61% of men and 69% of women), but58% of gay men and 56% of lesbians say they're uncertain or do not want to get married at all.

For the first time, the study also examines the significant impact of singles on the economy and how much they spend on their dating lives.

To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: "It's thrilling for me, as an anthropologist, to dig deep into singles' collective psyche with this annual survey, and watch singles of all ages lead the way toward a less prejudiced society," said Dr. "Men are far more loving -- and committed -- than most believe.

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