These women said that the military guys they dated on line were more likely to call them back. They called when they said they were going to call. Tell us your story When it comes to finding a life partner, chances are that we will be doing more of that on the Internet, what factors do you think are most important? “That will get you a long way,” one of the guys told me. But the more I listened to their stories, the more I heard how these particular guys were really seeking a life partner.
The full network of websites is available worldwide in a variety of languages, and by the end of the first half of 2012 more than 54 million users had created profiles in the company’s websites.
Founded in 2005 by Bill Dobbie and Max Polyakov, the company was originally made up of a range of dating websites operated from and off-shore base.
In 2006, Polyakov and Dobbie acquired the Easy Date business and brand to complement and serve as an umbrella for their network of sites, which had been experiencing a steady growth in user base.
The company quickly grew its user base – by 2007 they had their first million paying users, and a few years after that they hit an impressive 13 million paying users across all networks.
What explains the edge military guys have when it comes to online dating? Among our own audiences at Spouse X events, meeting online is always in the top three ways military folks find a mate. We are also always getting letters from women who “met” a military guy online who turns out to be a scammer begging them for money. But for military guys to have an actual advantage before other occupations? Haven’t those women seen the articles about service members on foodstamps? Don’t they get that for every passionate, romantic, picture-worthy homecoming kiss there are (on average) 180 days in which the only lips that touch your own smell like the inside of a sippy cup?? In one study, military men were second in preference only to lawyers. (In case you are interested, women who list themselves as being in law enforcement or the military are among the least successful in the online dating game—which probably tells you something important about their potential partners.) What do these online women think they are getting when they click open the military package? Willing to commit to a job for at least four years at a time.
When it comes to the research, you might be surprised to find that men in uniform really do have kind of an edge when it comes to finding a mate on the Internet. They received an above average number of first contact e- mails, keywords, and were browsed more often than men in other occupations.
Holding all other things constant, guys who stated that they were in the military (like those who said they were doctors or lawyers or firefighters) did have an advantage online.
The research doesn’t say, but we can make some educated guesses. Military guys also marry sooner than their civilian counterparts.
When it comes to dating, women have been shown to give the edge to profession and providership over appearance. You also might be able to make a case that some women are looking for a knight in shining white armor to rescue them.
The kind of person who joins the military has already passed through a certain number of professional gates. One psychologist in a Times of India article on men in uniform, suggested that women are attracted to the “chivalry” exuded in the mannerisms of men in uniform.
Or that they were interested in the status implied by medals, ribbons and shiny brass buttons. I wonder if the advantage military men have in online dating is something more prosaic.