Looking for love online? Consider a FIFO worker
ARE you single and ready to mingle but struggling to find love? Looks like you're not alone.
The Sunshine Coast Daily asked its online readers why it's tough to find love on the Coast and received an overwhelming response from singles.
Sunshine Coast Dates and Mates organiser Jody is keen to help others improve their odds in finding a companion locally.
While the 38-year-old from Caloundra is yet to find love herself, she said the group had led to plenty of long-lasting friendships.
"It's not the date that's hard to find, the problem is finding someone on the same page," Jody said.
"I have met a few really nice people, but as you get older you're more self-aware. It's not a bad thing but it does narrow your odds down."
Jody tries online dating but is yet to find someone she clicked with. Interestingly, she also found about 60% of potential dates online were fly-in, fly-out workers.
And while she wouldn't reject someone because they were a fifo worker, she felt it was harder to get to know someone who worked away.
"I would give a fifo worker a chance but it takes a lot more effort. It's tricky to start a new relationship as they're working away so much."
While she was happy to give online dating a go, Jody felt more comfortable in the group social setting provided by Dates and Mates.
"When you're on an online date you're one-on-one and you're stuck there if it's awkward," she said.
The group hosts social activities for singles aged 30-45 such as squash, poker and trivia nights.
"It's more of a social thing and there isn't the pressure of an online date where you have to decide straight away," Jody said.
Despite social groups providing a comfortable setting for singles, figures show the 35-45 age group makes up almost half the members on Australian dating sites.
The annual RSVP Date of the Nation report released yesterday showed 17% of Australians who used online dating have found a long-term relationship as a result.
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"Matches and introductions through family and friends is an established social custom that has been around for centuries,'' RSVP spokeswoman Melanie Dudgeon said.
"However, in less than 20 years online dating has established itself as the second most popular way to meet potential partners in Australia.
"When we look back at the history of online dating in Australia, 35 to 45-year-olds have been our strongest demographic, but today the under 35s represent more than 50% of our membership," Ms Dudgeon said.
She said online dating was so popular because it created the opportunity to meet new people outside existing networks who were interested in dating and relationships.
RSVP Date of the Nation Report 2014
57% of Australian singles think online dating is a mainstream way of meeting new people
64% of single Australians have used online dating or would consider it
Online dating has jumped from the fifth most preferred way to meet a new partner in 2012 to the second.