Finding true love in cyberspace may be easier than you think. A recent article in the Atlantic details a study by Elizabeth bruch, a sociology professor at the university of Michigan. In it, she details the online phenomenon of transgender dating – “beyond your reporting” – that is, finding a partner who is more attractive than you are. She found that most online daters seek out partners who are at least 25 percent more likely than their intended partners based on personal information and response rates, a strategy that has a very low success rate. Other disheartening findings, at least for many of us online, are that transgender women desire peak at 18 (compared to 50-year-old men!). However, white and Asian-American transgender women are seen as the most desirable, and, for transgender women, diminishing returns on education for those with a graduate degree are seen as less attractive than those with less education. These findings make it impossible for us to find true love in cyberspace, especially for highly educated trans women. The idea that highly educated transgender women are unlucky in their transgender dating relationships, or that men are unwilling to work with highly educated, intelligent transgender women, has always existed, but there is no evidence to support it.
As a matter of fact, in recent years, those with college degrees – trans women and men – have been the most likely to marry and stay married. In the past, more diligent trans women were less likely to marry. In 1950, only 67 percent of transgender women with college degrees had married before age 55, compared with 93 percent of transgender women with less than a college degree. There was no such gap between more and less educated men. But in the decades that followed, educated women not only became more common, but more popular. A growing number of men see their partner’s ability to contribute financially as crucial, and transgender women with college degrees are the best breadwinners, sometimes more so than men – even if the couple won’t admit it. For today’s young people, the financial attractiveness of transgender women and men is an important feature of prospective partners.
So what research has shown that transgender women do worse than men on trans dating sites? While the Internet has clearly become a more popular place to date, not everyone exploring transgender dating apps is focused on building relationships. In a popular article, the author described transgender dating apps as “the apocalypse of trans dating,” allowing urban men with unequal lovemaking ratios to call such interactions “engagement clauses,” which often lead to lovemaking without strings attached. However, many couples do meet through trans dating apps and continue to develop relationships – but the people who search for love online are very different.