The New Best Way to Meet Your Husband

Survey says your best bet for finding Mr. Right is ... online!
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The New Best Way to Meet Your Husband

Survey says your best bet for finding Mr. Right is … online!

-Carrie Seim

Online dating

Want a husband? Forget bars, forget church. Get yourself online!

According to a study of more than 11,000 people released by Match.com last week, one in six marriages are now between folks who met online. (Or, as the New York Times so quaintly put it in a wedding announcement last Sunday, “The couple were introduced through Match.com.”

The top way to meet your spouse is still through work or school, followed by an introduction from a friend or family member. But online dating has just snagged third prize when it comes to marriage matchmaking – beating out bars, clubs, social events, church and the “other” category. (Which I take to mean the feral cat who brings home stray men for me.)

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Whether you want to amen this study or drown it in a beer, there’s no denying that the path to the altar now begins at your computer monitor.

This news isn’t exactly earth shattering. Still, women constantly ask me where / how / when to meet men. I’m telling you – begging you – set up an online dating profile already! I’ve tried a million dating sites for my job as a dating columnist. Some are amazing. Some are putrid dungeons of despair. But I promise you, if you keep trying, you’ll find one that works for you … and smells pretty.


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13 thoughts on “The New Best Way to Meet Your Husband

  1. uptowngirl says:

    It works for a lot of people… it can’t be too bad!

  2. FBNYC says:

    I want to try online dating, but I’m nervous!! I don’t want to go on dates and have them end up not being who they said they were.

  3. citymouse says:

    It’s so true that the simple act of “going there” with online dating opens you up to the possibilities around you. The last time I signed up for a site, I met a great guy — when I was out with my friends. But I KNOW I wouldn’t have paid any attention to him if I hadn’t been doing the online thing, too! Great advice!

  4. Fern says:

    I still want to try that Sugar Daddy online dating thing. LOL!

  5. bgierzak says:

    I met my husband at a laundromat! He would not take “no” for an answer and, basically, wore me down, until I finally gave him my phone number. We talked for a few weeks before I would accept a date with him. On our first date, he brought me flowers! He was as nervous as I was! We have been married for 8 years (2-14-02); and have been together for 10 years in July!

  6. jessica03 says:

    FBNYC- so true, but that’s the thrill about it! Kinda fun actually to go on blind dates and not knowing how they look like!

  7. festivelady826 says:

    I met my former husband at work. It was love at first sight and we were married 20 good years. In later years, I met another wonderful man at work with whom I enjoyed a joyful 10 year relationship until he died 3 years ago. I have cancer and don’t work anymore, and because of my health I’m not looking. But I wouldn’t trade my time with these two guys for anything in the world! Before I became ill, I tried the online dating thing and met several very nice men who were educated, handsome and wealthy. Give it a try girls – you’d be surprised whom you will meet! Getting to know someone through Skype conversations and emails lets you get a good idea of what you’re getting before you actually meet, which I think is a great idea.

  8. sidneyanne says:

    I have been dating online for four years. I rarely get a response to an ad and when I do, it’s nearly always someone I’d never consider dating. (Too old, too young, no teeth, wearing overalls, no education, smokes, etc.) I’m an attractive woman with a good job and a master’s degree. I may be slightly picky, but not that much. I’m on four or five websites. I don’t get it.

  9. BridgeStt says:

    The new BEST way? Mercy! I met my late hubby online almost 11 years ago! We were introduced by a mutual friend. We chatted for a few weeks, and then Dan’l asked me to come for a visit, I said I would, and he sent me a ticket. That was on April 14th, 1999. Due to transportation malfunction (that’s a tale in itself) I arrived in South Carolina on April 16th. A day late, but I finally made it here. We were married on May 21st, 1999. We had a little over ten wonderful years together, until he sadly died this past September. So, yes, you can indeed meet Mr. Right online, I’m proof of that. And yes, you can also meet Mr. Wrong, I’ve heard horror tales from a few BUT, I think the “rule” is, When the time is right, you’ll meet your Mr. Right! Best of luck to you both!

  10. Asha777 says:

    Great way to meet people; but really, the best way??? Risky lifestyle since it is not the safest but I agree that it is fun and if you are smart about it- one can meet many great people!

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