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Tarzan look, Jane do

You get Google Alerts on a topic, and you see how much “news,” especially when you have “blogs” and “news” checked, is the same report (or less) chopped up different ways.

So yeah, I posted about this where the boys are, where the girls are finding before. But I liked this story’s interpretation, which has the ring of a lazy, Dave Barry-esque Mars and Venus generalization that also happens to be true.

the dating powerhouse Match.com had 55 percent women visitors compared with 45 percent men, while Yahoo! personals showed slightly more men than women — 51 percent versus 49 percent — according to Hitwise.

“The more money and time involved in signing up to a dating site [Yahoo is free], the more the site would skew female,” Tancer says. “And, the more free pictures were available the more the site would skew male.”

He adds: “I think what the data shows us … is that women use online dating as an actual service for what it was intended.” Meanwhile “some male users are using dating sites more just to look at pictures of women.”

3 Comments so far

  1. rednaxela on March 6th, 2007

    one time i found a particularly nice-looking woman on a profile and left a browser window open at her page for like four days. maybe that was a bit much.

    but, like i been saying, tired from a day of surreptitious leering (or shy glances) on the train and at the cafe, sometimes we just wanna look at the ladies in relaxed circumstances.

    it’s sort of a pastime for some of us — girl watching — no different online than in the RW.

  2. virginia on March 6th, 2007

    No doubt about it, the four-day-long peep is better done online than IRL.

    And meanwhile, according to this article, she was picking out your all’s china patterns!

  3. Dan on March 8th, 2007

    This thread is so Desmond Morris I think it is shouting for someone to write another book. VV, feel like scribing on the anthropological human behavior side of e-dating?