Online Dating and Religion

February 5, 2013
Online Dating and Religion

Does religion matter to you while looking for love online? In a survey of 2,700 U.S. singles conducted by JDate and ChristianMingle, their findings showed Jewish singles are nearly three times more likely to use an online dating site than Christian singles.

The primary reason both Christians and Jews join online dating sites is because they weren’t meeting enough people through friends and family.

Spark Networks, the parent company of these two “niche” dating sites, said despite these results, a large majority of Christians view online dating as a great way to meet people and explore potential mates.

Other findings in the State of Dating in America survey:

  • 87 percent of singles agree online dating is a great way to meet people.
  • Both men and women agree it is safer to meet someone through online dating than in a bar.
  • 91 percent of single Jews and 84 percent of single Christians would live with their partner before marriage.
  • 78 percent of single Christians and 60 percent of single Jews would consider marrying someone with kids.
  • Nearly three-fourths of singles are looking for a partner who shares their religious faith.
  • 85 percent of singles say sex before marriage is acceptable.
  • A majority of singles say it doesn’t matter whether the man or woman is the breadwinner.


“Jewish singles have gone on far

more dates than Christians.”


Where do singles like to go on a first online date?

According to the survey, Christian singles prefer to meet for dinner on a first date, while Jewish singles like a cup of coffee.

Who’s dating more?

Jewish singles have gone on far more dates than Christians, with more than one-fourth having gone on in-person dates with 10 or more people they met online.

More than half of the Christian singles in the survey have gone on between two and five in-person dates with people they met online.

For more information and findings, visit State of Dating in America.

Wishing you much love and joy in cyberspace, or wherever you may roam.

Is dating someone within the same faith important to you? Your comments are welcome.

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Julie Spira is a leading online dating expert and founder of She’s the bestselling author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating and creates irresistible profiles for singles on the dating scene. Connect with Julie on Google+.

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4 Responses

    I don’t see how meeting someone online is “safer” than meeting someone at a bar. you can’t really deem things “safer” by opinion of the masses.

    In my opinion I think people who meet at a bar are in most cases under the influence and have a bad experience after meeting someone without being in the right state of mind…Regardless, everyone is a stranger until you take the time to get to know them, whether it’s online or off.

      C. Price
      Cynthia Price (

      I could only assume it’s because of the popularity of online dating and how common it is for someone to meet at a bar or meet after chatting with someone online. Incredible to see things shift!

    I actually specifically look for someone outside of my religion to date.

      C. Price
      Cynthia Price (

      That’s great! Having a choice to do so is the beauty of finding love, whether it’s within our religious teachings or not.

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