New York, New York (PressExposure) May 30, 2011 -- Eligible outback Aussies entering the online dating scene are definitely good news for city-bred single women who might already be contemplating the prospect of spending their twilight years unattached.
Many free Australian dating websites are making online dating more country-friendly by adding special "rooms" that allow male singles from rural areas to meet females from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Many females in their late 20s and early 30s wouldn't even think twice about meeting the males halfway --- eagerly joining weekend tours that involve speed dating at a local pub with men from the country. Called "Thank Goodness He's A Country Boy," the weekend tours are organized by Brie Petersen to allow city girls to meet shy outback men.
Rural farmers are considered a prize catch in Australia because they are more romantic and chivalrous than the men from the city.
Online dating Australia is a thriving business Down Under, with the number of online website users expected to hit 2 million by 2020, says Datingsitesreview.com. Some of these websites are free (revenue is sourced from ads), while some charge monthly membership fees.
An Australian university study revealed that these websites attract 1 million new visitors in a month. Australia has over 50 popular online dating services, and around 170 that are packaged to suit certain beliefs, lifestyles and sexual orientation.
Some 7,000 Australians were quizzed and 25 percent admitted using online dating websites to find other singles. Seven out of ten said they longed to find long-term romance. In the past year, 15 percent of couples who hooked up said they found each other through online dating.
Australian singles are not only relying on online dating websites to find their match. Social networking sites like Facebook have also become popular avenues to meet people. Nielsen released a study in 2010 which showed that Australians spent the most time (7 hours) on Facebook every day compared to other users around the world. Sixty-three percent of Australians are on Facebook.
A 2010 study by the Department of Psychology at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff revealed that Australian males also prefer younger women much like men from other countries. Compared to the others, however, Australian men want the age gap to be more reasonable.
Published in the Evolution and Human Behaviour journal, the study also showed that compared to other nationalities, Australian men don't mind dating older women.
The female respondents in the survey said they don't like dating younger men, preferring instead to spend time with those from the same age group. All similar studies done in different countries yielded the same results, proving that women's so-called cougar mindset is nothing but hype, says lead researcher Dr. Michael Dunn.