“Choosy” Western Australians turn online for love
Findings from the RSVP Date of the Nation Western Australia Report were released today, revealing the State’s dating and relationship trends.
In Western Australia, 54 % of adult males and 48% of adult females are single and less than 7% of this group are not currently interested in dating.
The most common ways to meet a partner in Western Australia are through friends, family or work. However, the biggest challenge cited by single people in Western Australia when trying to find a serious relationship was that there are limited opportunities or events to meet other single people.
“Western Australians are recognising that online dating [is] a great avenue for meeting new people outside of their established social circle and 30% of Western Australians have used online dating, 5% higher than the national average,” said Lija Jarvis, RSVP Spokesperson. “Further, of those who have not used online dating, 42% of people are considering it – again above the national average of 38%.”
“Attitudes towards online dating have shifted significantly over the last few years, most singles now view it as simply a smart and viable way to meet new people, by no means a “last resort”. It was interesting to note that there appears to be a trend towards getting online to date quite quickly after a break up, 41% of online daters in Western Australia have been single for less than a year,” added Jarvis.
The second most cited challenge to finding a partner comes down to Western Australians being fussy about what they want in a partner.
According to the research, the top priorities when searching for a partner are (percentage of Western Australians that ranked the quality as important); personality (93%), manners (92%), sense of humour (92%), sexual chemistry (92%) values and morals (88%). The least important priorities for Western Australians were religious beliefs (25%) and ethnic background (34%).
Once Western Australians find a partner, they prove to be one of the most loyal States (only behind South Australia). Compared to the national average of 34%, only 29% of Western Australians admit to being unfaithful in a relationship.
The Western Australian online dating experience (% of Western Australian adults);
- 30% have used online dating
- 62% know someone that has used an online dating site
- 31% know someone that has married as a result of meeting online
- 57% would openly discuss using online dating services with their friends
“With so many Western Australians getting online and having successful experiences, the stigma towards online dating has all but disintegrated,” added Jarvis.