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Online dating proves to be economical

Regular dinner dates can add up to quite a lot of money, so is online dating better because it may be cheaper?

Using data from, ConvergEx found that the average courtship time for “off-line,” traditional dating prior to marriage extended to 42 months, which is two years longer than the 18.5-month, average dating-to-marriage cycle for people who meet online.

Aside from saving time, online dating seems to save money. Working with a conservative estimate of one dinner date at a cost of $130 per date – $100 for a meal and drinks at a nice restaurant, plus $30 for two movie tickets and popcorn – the protracted dating can amount to a whopping $23,660, and that's without any additional gift, never mind the diamond ring.

While online dating services are not necessarily free, they tend to run just $239 a year, which is a fairly small investment, if one considers that it can end up saving $12,803 due cutting off 2 years of dating.

Interesting how it is taken as a given that once a couple ties the knot, they will cease to go out to dinner or engage in other dating activities, despite the usual injunction for husband and wive to adopt a regular date night.

Read more in Why Online Dating Is More Cost Efficient Than Traditional Dating

On gaming online dating systems, see


For the studies that question the claims of accuracy online dating sites claim, see Dating Data Analyzed

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