But despite -- or perhaps because of -- such relentlessly bad news, there's an up side -- for daters, at least.
Craigslist personals postings and e registrations have each seen 20% increases in 2008.
Among couples who were still married during the survey, those who met online reported higher marital satisfaction -- an average score of 5.64 on a satisfaction survey -- than those who met offline and averaged 5.48.
The lowest satisfaction rates were reported by people who met through family, work, bars/clubs or blind dates.
While Fields had attempted to find men more organically, i.e.
" "Another guy took me out and said he forgot his wallet."Rice didn't believe him."You left your house. Doing things like going for a walk means there's more talking.That was in mid-November, a historically slow time for Internet dating.But ask people who were brave enough to check their 401(k) balances at that time: November was historic for other reasons too.' There aren't any."For Fields, it was the relatively recent void-of-people-in-public-places that led her to spend more time with her keyboard.But for a lot of other Americans, it's decreased wealth -- both real and perceived -- that's keeping them home, inspiring them to spend less money and more quality time with their computers. While reported a 50% increase in profile views from November to December, a recent survey of 1,500 members found that 84% of them were "being more selective about first dates in today's economy.""There's this underlying anxiety I feel energetically everywhere I go," Fields said.