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In fact, the median age difference between men and women who started up online conversations was one year and seven months.Across the four cities and all submarkets, more than 40 percent of online daters did try to connect with others outside their age group, though with far less likelihood of having their messages returned.Bruch and Newman divided online dating into four distinct age cohorts (or what it calls “submarkets”): people in their early 20s, in their late 20s, in their late 30s, and 40 and older.Three-quarters of all online conversations or reciprocal messaging occurred between men and women in the same age group.Women receive four times as many first messages as men do.And women reply to men’s messages at a “substantially lower rate” than men replying to women, the researchers find.In fact, geographic proximity matters a great deal.
He is a university professor in the University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, and a distinguished fellow at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and visiting fellow at Florida International University.(The researchers were required not to identify the site as a condition of conducting the research.) Specifically, the study analyzes some 15 million two-way exchanges between heterosexual users on the site.Bruch and Newman use these data points to assess the roles of age, gender, race, and proximity in heterosexual dating markets.Race shapes dating and interaction patterns as well.White men tended to message younger black women compared to the white women they interacted with.