NEW YORK and MOSCOW, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive in conjunction with international dating site, polled 503 U.S. males, aged 35 to 55, with a household income of $100K or more, an associate's degree or more in education and an interest in women.


The results point to a relationship between a man's education, among other factors, and his fears about dating:

  • Men aged 35-55* with at least some graduate school education are most likely to admit to not knowing how to start a conversation with women they meet for the first time.
  • Men aged 35-55* with an associate's or bachelor's degree are most likely to say they are intimidated to speak to a woman for the first time when she is surrounded by her friends.
  • Men aged 35-55* who would consider dating women outside of the U.S. are twice as likely to find themselves quickly bored when speaking to women in person for the first time than those men who date only domestically.**

Online dating can help to ease rusty daters back into the dating scene – whether they are single dads, divorcees or just men who, for whatever reason, haven't found the right woman yet. The survey found that the majority (54 percent) of men in this group struggle when meeting women face-to-face for the first time, and of those who are struggling:

  • 45 percent say their biggest struggle is that they do not know how to start a conversation.
  • 30 percent say they become intimidated when they approach a woman when she is with her friends.
  • 10 percent say they become intimidated by her looks.

"In the international dating industry, we're seeing a worldwide trend with single dads and divorcees turning to online dating – and international dating specifically – to be the differentiating factor in their 'second act relationships,'" said Lawrence Cervantes, Chief Communications Officer at "Many of these men are users of our site and seeking traditional values that seem to be more ingrained in foreign cultures. There's something really unique and special about speaking to a woman who grew up halfway across the world – these men seem to gain confidence and finally become excited about dating again."

Full survey data is available upon request. An infographic showcasing these findings is also available here.

*35- to 55-year-old U.S. males with $100K+ household income, an associate's degree or higher and an interest in relationships with women

**Caution – small base (n<100). Results should be interpreted as qualitative, or directional, in nature