2/5/2004 - More people may be finding their mates online these days, but most remain skeptical about technology-assisted romance, according to a recent AvantGo® survey about love and dating. While 14% claimed to be dating, married or engaged to someone they met through an online dating service or social networking site, the majority of respondents who took the PDA-based survey still believe that introductions by family, friends and co-workers are a more reliable path to true love. In fact, only 4% ranked online dating as the best way to meet their Valentine.
"We are definitely seeing a global shift in dating patterns, though there appear to be some mixed feelings about it, " said James Ryan, editorial director at AvantGo, a service of iAnywhere with a registered user base of more than 10 million tech-savvy mobile professionals. "That was especially interesting coming from our PDA and smartphone users, who tend to be the first to embrace new technology."
The survey results showed very little difference in outlook from continent to continent regarding such prevalent beliefs as "love at first sight," though women throughout the world were slightly more cynical, with 66% saying they were true believers vs. 74% for men.
Tradition Over Technology
About the 2004 AvantGo Valentine's Day Survey
The 2004 Valentine's Day Survey is based on responses from more than 1,700 AvantGo users. The self-administered survey was completed over a two-week period and delivered on mobile devices via the free AvantGo service. Respondents were self-selecting. To receive a copy of survey results, please e-mail email@example.com.
AvantGo Mobile Internet Service
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iAnywhere is the worldwide market leader in mobile databases and mobile middleware. More than 12,000 customers and 1,000 embedded database partners rely on its SQL Anywhere® technology and mobile enterprise solutions. In addition, the company's AvantGo® mobile Internet service is one of the most popular mobile applications. iAnywhere is a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), and its mobile technology plays an important role in the Sybase® Unwired Enterprise initiative to unlock and deliver enterprise information anytime, anywhere. Visit www.ianywhere.com for more information.
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