More seeking partners online: Survey

A couple sit next to each other on a gondola at Marina Bay Sands.
A couple sit next to each other on a gondola at Marina Bay Sands. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

After several failed relationships, administrative manager June Chan was married in January this year.

This, thanks to a dating app, she said. Ms Chan, 41, said her friends encouraged her to try esync, a dating app, after a break-up two years ago.

Now she actively encourages singles to try online platforms and dating apps as they "help in finding someone who's similar or matching in criteria".

"The profiles of users on the app help a lot. People that I met on the app were very compatible with me in terms of thinking," she said.

Ms Chan said she met her husband, Mr Tay Boon Wah, 42, in February last year on esync.

Like her, many Singaporeans are turning to social media platforms and online dating apps to find a partner.

The Marriage and Parenthood Survey 2016, released by the National Population and Talent Division yesterday, showed more Singaporeans are now comfortable with meeting their partners through online dating channels. The figure has more than doubled from 19 per cent in 2012 to 43 per cent last year.

SEEKING ROMANCE

It's easier to meet strangers as people on the app are actively looking for people or at least open to the idea of meeting new people.

MR ERIC TEO, who is an active user of the popular dating application Tinder.

Among singles who were dating or had dated previously, 13 per cent met their partner through online channels, almost doubling from 7 per cent in 2012.

The study surveyed a total of 2,940 single Singapore residents between the ages of 21 and 45 years old from August to December last year.

Singaporeans whom The Sunday Times spoke to cited several advantages that dating apps and online channels have over old-school dating methods. Mr Eric Teo, 27, who is an active user of the popular dating application Tinder, said that online dating applications facilitate the search process for potential partners and reduce the likelihood of rejection.

"It's easier to meet strangers as people on the app are actively looking for people or at least open to the idea of meeting new people," he added.

Some also cited the convenience that online dating channels offer.

"You can use it on the go and especially so if you are busy, which might be a stumbling block to meeting new people and potential partners in real life," said Mr Desmond Sim, 31, who met his partner on the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 09, 2017, with the headline 'More seeking partners online: Survey'. Print Edition | Subscribe