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Study show that World of Warcraft better for singles than online dating sites
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Study: ‘World of Warcraft’ better for singles than online dating sites

http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/study-world-warcraft-better-singles-online-dating-sites-002402169.html

Looking to meet the love of your life online? Try to be open-minded, because they might be an orc.

The tongue-in-cheek curiosity seekers at Online University compiled a ton of online dating stats, and as it turns out, those looking to hook up over the web may actually fare better questing in World of Warcraft than sifting through eHarmony profiles.

The numbers certainly make Azeroth appealing. Warcraft boasts a good 12 million subscribers to eHarmony's 1 million members -- that's a lot more fish in the proverbial sea -- and the gamers log over 30 hours a month mucking about while online daters only spend about an hour and a half per month on dating sites. Warcraft is younger, too, with a median age of 32 compared to eHarmony's 48.

[Related: Great geeky wedding moments]

None of that is surprising, but a look beyond the numbers paints an even more romantic picture for Warcraft. According to the study, a whopping 75% of Warcraft players are dating someone else playing the game, and of those, another 75% actually traveled over 100 miles to meet their current partner. Wonder if they used a mount?

Even crazier, the study claims that if a guy contacts 100 women at Match.com, he can expect to hear back from a whopping one of them. Meanwhile, over 40% of female Warcraft players report feeling attracted to another player.

In truth, gamers have been finding romance through video games for years now. The first official Warcraft wedding dates back to 2006, and just a year later, a couple who met playing online game Everquest tied the knot in a ceremony that took place in both the game and the real-world (Vegas, of course) simultaneously. Even Words With Friends is turning into a hook-up hangout.

So should you can your OKCupid profile and start searching for your soulmate in Stormwind? There's no guarantee in love, but it's almost certain to be a lot more fun.

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Interesting :>

I remember when I used to play Warcraft III a few years ago. Still, the numbers don't lie. E-dating is serious in WOW.
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But I don't wanna date a fat nerd!
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Sounds like BS to me. But who knows? After all a friend of mine met his wife there.
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Ohhh no....I am not gonna waste money on a subscription to this game just so I could finally achieve my dream of being with a woman forever.

What the fuck is wrong with out society where two people who are in love can't even meet the first time in PUBLIC!?
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squirrel3d wrote:

Ohhh no....I am not gonna waste money on a subscription to this game just so I could finally achieve my dream of being with a woman forever.

What the fuck is wrong with out society where two people who are in love can't even meet the first time in PUBLIC!?


Nobody said you can't meet in public nor do you have to buy a game to do so. If anything it's saying this is just the most effective online method if the studies are true.
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But the person you are dating would still play world of warcraft.
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WoW's median age is 32? My god, they're all retarded.

I don't recall any dating when I played, and I'm pretty sure I...

Oh. So that's what that girl was trying to do.

I remember a couple of Icelandic people (most ppl from my guild), but they had met before WoW.
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Study: ‘World of Warcraft’ better for singles than online dating sites

http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/study-world-warcraft-better-singles-online-dating-sites-002402169.html

Looking to meet the love of your life online? Try to be open-minded, because they might be an orc.

The tongue-in-cheek curiosity seekers at Online University compiled a ton of online dating stats, and as it turns out, those looking to hook up over the web may actually fare better questing in World of Warcraft than sifting through eHarmony profiles.

The numbers certainly make Azeroth appealing. Warcraft boasts a good 12 million subscribers to eHarmony's 1 million members -- that's a lot more fish in the proverbial sea -- and the gamers log over 30 hours a month mucking about while online daters only spend about an hour and a half per month on dating sites. Warcraft is younger, too, with a median age of 32 compared to eHarmony's 48.

[Related: Great geeky wedding moments]

None of that is surprising, but a look beyond the numbers paints an even more romantic picture for Warcraft. According to the study, a whopping 75% of Warcraft players are dating someone else playing the game, and of those, another 75% actually traveled over 100 miles to meet their current partner. Wonder if they used a mount?

Even crazier, the study claims that if a guy contacts 100 women at Match.com, he can expect to hear back from a whopping one of them. Meanwhile, over 40% of female Warcraft players report feeling attracted to another player.

In truth, gamers have been finding romance through video games for years now. The first official Warcraft wedding dates back to 2006, and just a year later, a couple who met playing online game Everquest tied the knot in a ceremony that took place in both the game and the real-world (Vegas, of course) simultaneously. Even Words With Friends is turning into a hook-up hangout.

So should you can your OKCupid profile and start searching for your soulmate in Stormwind? There's no guarantee in love, but it's almost certain to be a lot more fun.



I played for 6 years met many people who were having issues in relationships for playing mmo's or even ran into those types that tend to run around behind their current partners back online =( Not sure if wow would be good trustworthy dating pooll considering it can equally cause as much problems. Not trolling/flaming you but if our society wasn't so bad I'd believe this would be a good thing lol. But if some find happiness more power to em.
Side note:I myself left few months ago but due to new attitudes coming to game and got tired of puggin since friends left as well.
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Played for 6 years as well... F*ck that game.
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I'll have to keep that in mind.
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I think it's rediculous that people are even amazed by this. Playing an online game and getting a relationship through that is the same as getting a relationship through playing sports or meeting someone at your school. ( You meet someone while doing something you both like or both have to suffer through ) The only difference is that you don't actually see eachother ingame. That can even be a good thing aswell, you don't focus on what the other one looks like, you focus on how their personality is.
Which imo is a better thing to focus on if you're interested in a solid relationship instead of a ONS.
Posted 3/27/12
Yes, let's all fall in love.
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Of course it is better than online dating. Gaming: normal. Online dating: weird

Posted 3/27/12
This guy came onto me on XBox Live and he was like "you're really hot" FIY he didn't even know what I look like! That's weird. *delete*

Still don't trust online dating =/ some brave people have found love and good for them, but it aint for me! Lol I prefer to be in person and know exactly who I'm talking to.
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