Online Dating Study Reveals 9 Out Of 10 Women Like To Have Fun

by staff on April 6, 2009

Online Dating StudyLA JOLLA — According to a recent study published by a renowned UCSD psychology professor, 9 out of 10 women who have profiles with internet dating websites state that they like to have fun in their self-description.

The study analyzed the profiles of more than 5,000 women across 12 major online dating sites over a period of six months.

“We took every type of female internet dater into account — from BBWs, to single mothers, to girls whose friends forced them to sign up,” said Evan Hutchinson, author of the study. “Regardless of age, size, or ethnicity … the one common interest shared by 90% of women was having fun.”

“No matter which way you look at it, the study exhibits conclusive evidence that not only do girls just want to have fun, they want men to be aware of it,” he added.

As part of the study, Hutchinson invited a random sample of 10 women to participate in a survey designed to help him determine why so many female internet daters share this one particular interest.  The panel included one woman who did not list having fun as an interest in her online profile.

“It was very intriguing to interview one particular women, 32-year-old Becky Richards, who didn’t explicitly express an interest in having fun,” said Hutchinson.

During her interview with Hutchinson, Richards explained that she enjoys shopping, dining, and traveling, but did not mention having fun when describing herself.  To this day, Hutchinson is still perplexed as to why Richards didn’t make it a point to state that she enjoys enjoyment.

Dr. Hutchinson uses UCSD's Super Computer Center to analyze online dating profiles

Professor Hutchinson uses UCSD's Super Computer Center to further his research

The study also revealed several other similarities shared by dating profiles of women, including one groundbreaking statistic: 7 out of 10 women claim they are “not your average girl.”

“It blows my mind to think that the majority of women are not average,” exclaimed Hutchinson.

As a follow-up research project, Hutchinson is currently heading an effort aimed at figuring out why women continue to post a group photo as their sole profile picture, then avoid stating which girl they are in their “about me” section.

“So far, after getting preliminary data back, our new study shows that 9 times out of 10, the woman will turn out to be the ugly one in the group photo,” said Hutchinson. “In cases of group photos, men should not get their hopes up and assume the girl is one of the hot ones.”


Joe April 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I thought for sure you were going to work Cyndi Lauper or Sarah Jessica Parker into this. I read it again just to make sure I didn’t miss it.

Ernie H. May 17, 2009 at 5:58 pm

You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

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