We imagine love comes easy to the Gallic people with their poetic, seductive language and their no-fuss approach to romance.
It's easy to picture beautiful French couples effortlessly falling in love over a cigarette and a glass of red wine on a bistro terrace, the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the background. But are the French really so traditionally romantic, or are they in fact bucking tradition in favor of modern romance, aka the internet or smartphone Apps? Are dating websites changing the dating game in France? The Local has taken a look at a study on French online dating habits, released in by Ined, an Institute for National Demographics Studies.
Online dating in France is more popular than ever. Lucie Mariotti, a dating coach in Paris, thinks that many people turn to online dating in France because the French are often too proud or too afraid of failure to ask people out in person. They have too much pride.
Millennials dominate dating websites. Dating websites are most popular with French who are under Not too surprising considering this age group uses the internet a lot and is full of singles.
In the range, there are more men than women on these sites, perhaps because men tend to get into serious relationships later than women. But this disparity balances out with age and then eventually reverses. The French are shy about their internet dating habits.
Only about half of internet daters will easily discuss their online escapades to friends and family. And the rest say they'll admit it only to a select few. Perhaps that's why it's a bit of a running joke in France to have a Tinder profile saying something like: More diversity but also more exclusivity. As dating websites become more and more popular in France, they're evolving, becoming more socially diverse but also more targeted. Whereas in French online daters were mainly urban Parisian high-level professionals, users have become more diverse in the past ten years.
But this doesn't exactly mean that more people are dating across social boundaries. In fact, dating websites are becoming more divided along social lines.
Some websites, like Attractive World, require the current members to vote on new members, ensuring a certain exclusivity and uniformity of users. So, do French couples actually meet online? Online dating comes in fifth place after nights out with friends or nights in at friends homes.
This lines up with how the French view dating websites. During a period of life when there's a smaller dating pool and a person's social circle is mainly made up of couples, websites become a particularly appealing way to meet people. And for same-sex couples in France, dating sites are actually the number one way to find relationships.
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