Q: What is the gender ratios of men to woman on the various dating sites? I get the impression through conversations with some women that there are a lot more men on the sites then women.
That's a great question, and it's one we had as well. Using the data about each site's visitors available through Quantcast, we've estimated the gender distribution for all the sites we review (except Zoosk, which restricts that information). You can see these ratios on our online dating comparison page, or in the service details in the upper right of each review.
According to our research, Chemistry.com, Match.com, eHarmony, and PerfectMatch all have slightly more women than men, while FriendFinder, Lavalife, and Date.com have somewhat more men than women. However, the ratios are all fairly close to 50/50.
That said, the dating experience for men and women on these sites may be such that most women feel as if they must be in short supply. Since overall it is much more common for men to send the first message than women, many women have inboxes full of messages ranging from carefully-penned introductions to misspelled one-liners. On the other hand, since fewer women send first messages, men may have comparatively emptier inboxes, and may need to send first messages to quite a few women to get the replies they want.
The good news is that men and women look for love online in about equal numbers, so your odds of finding someone perfect for you should be pretty good, whether you're male or female. If you're looking for more information about dating online, including some advice for landing that all-important first date, check out our FAQ section, previous posts on the blog, or our dating site reviews.Online Dating, Reader Questions