New Survey Reveals that 75 percent of Black Men Who Date Online Are Looking for a Serious Relationship over a Sexual Relationship
GREENSBORO, NC — Thanks to its rising popularity, online dating has become a preferred method as to how black singles meet other available singles, but there have been stereotypes acquired in the process. One of the most glaring stereotypes for years is that men who date online are just looking for one thing, “sex”. However, it turns out that most black men aren’t looking just for one night stands and quick flings. According to a new survey conducted online in February and March by the website, RealBlackLove.com, 75 percent of black men ages 27 – 50* who are open to dating online have the intention of finding a serious relationship.
The poll, which surveyed 508 men between the ages of 27 and 50 with an annual household income of $50,000 or more, a bachelor’s degree or higher and an interest in women, revealed that, of those who have dated or are open to dating online, 55 percent list looking for a potential marriage partner as a relationship objective of online dating. 75 percent of men list seeking companionship, while only 25 percent list using online dating sites looking purely for sex.
Furthermore, the study reveals that the majority of black men ages 27 – 50* are willing to go the extra mile for the benefit of finding that special someone: the RealBlackLove.com survey revealed that 81 percent of these men are open to dating a woman outside their home city and half would definitely travel to see a woman from another state that they met online and with whom they had a connection.
Surprisingly, the data show that not only are the majority of affluent black men in this age range* are NOT online looking for sexual relations, but 73 percent say that they could fall for someone with whom they have never had sex.
“While Apps like POF and Tinder seem to be getting all the attention, they are not filling a huge void for what black men are looking for when they go online. It’s clear that black men want more than just sex when they turn to online dating. They want a real connection. They want to find that special one,'” said Wesley Thompson, a Matchmaker for the site RealBlackLove.com. “At RealBlackLove.com, we work hard catering to these men – the romantics out there who will do what it takes to meet a woman who may be ‘the one.’ Society has told us that romance in the black community amongst singles is dead, but the influx of black men joining our website shows that is an urban legend.”
So what are these men hoping to get from online dating, in addition to companionship?
• 71 percent of those who have dated or are open to dating online have met someone they had a meaningful relationship with
• 67 percent has a friend that is currently in a relationship with a woman they met online
• 59 percent believe that what is missing from their lives and can be found through online dating is true companionship
• 49 percent think that bars, clubs and lounges are the worse way to meet suitable women
• 42 percent are hoping that dating online will introduce them to someone with the potential of marriage in the future
Not only are these men turning to online dating to find much more than just a quick hook up, but the survey also found that they are sharing encounters with their friends. In fact, 65 percent of men ages 27 – 50* who have dated online have discussed their experiences with their friends. 34 percent of these men compare stories and share tips. Only 32 percent refuse to online date and tell!
“Black men in their prime of their lives and at the peak of their careers have a different set of standards than men in their early 20’s,” concludes Wesley Thompson. “These men are looking to better their lives past just a one night stand, and they are talking about it.”
You can view an Infographic on these findings here.
* This dating survey was conducted in the cities of Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Washington DC and Atlanta, between February 18 and March 28, 2014 among 508 U.S. black males aged 27 to 50 with a household income of $50K or more, with an bachelors degree or better education, and an interest in women (among whom 348 have dated online or would be open to doing so). This survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
RealBlackLove.com offers renewed hope for black single men and women through successful relationship building. The website is a private online dating community, devoted to ensuring the highest opportunity for romantic success for black singles in the United States. RealBlackLove.com, a North Carolina based company, launched in 2014.