Real Dates in Real-Time


June 30, 2010


SpeedDate.com Report: Women Get More Aggressive with Age


SpeedDate's Analysis of 100,000 Online Speed Dates Suggests Women Start Initiating the Conversation at 42

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SpeedDate.com, the world's first and largest speed dating website, today released findings based on 100,000 speed dates over the course of two days on who is more likely to break the ice and start a conversation during a first time meeting online. Findings conclude that 78 percent of men initiate conversation compared to 22 percent of women. However, starting at age 42, the number of women initiating conversation dramatically increases to the point that by age 60 women are more likely than men to start the conversation.

"As more singles turn to real-time formats for finding love online, understanding the dynamics of conversation and the subtle nuances between the sexes will become increasingly important."

SpeedDate's extensive study analyzed speed dates among its users, and looked at everything from age to demographics and dating dynamics such as who started the conversations. Reasons for the surprise finding could be interpreted in several ways including: market dynamics, gradual changes in perceived relationship etiquette or possibly life expectancy. Since women on average live longer, the number of choices gradually drops over time as the number of available suitors decline - this may prompt a more forward dating approach for the older female demographic.

"What we were surprised to see are the marked behavioral changes and approach to online speed dating as women age," said Dan Abelon, co-founder and president of SpeedDate.com. "As more singles turn to real-time formats for finding love online, understanding the dynamics of conversation and the subtle nuances between the sexes will become increasingly important..