Study of 20,000 Female Online Daters Reveals the Paris Hilton Effect

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The 2009 poll of 20,000 online women daters aged 18 - 35 asked of them to define exactly how long they would wait to engage in any type of intimate encounter after meeting a man for the first time.

Dan Levy, President of AdultsOnlyList.com, dubs Paris Hilton to be synonymous with "casual dating."

Hollywood and the media have really set the stage for this to be a reality. Every other image the average woman sees is of a major celebrity flashing their underwear or hanging on the arm of a different man every night. That being said, the results aren't very shocking to me.

A 2009 study conducted by the online dating site AdultsOnlyList.com reveals that women are more likely to have an intimate encounter with men whom they have known for less than 6 hours. The poll of 20,000 women daters aged 18 - 35 asked of them to define exactly how long they would wait to engage in any type of intimate encounter after meeting a man for the first time. A staggering 34% revealed that they would wait less than 1 date (or approximately 6 hours) with a man before engaging in intimate behaviors.

Website owner Dan Levy proposes that "Women are immersed with the idea, from every media outlet in the country, that having sex on the first date is the norm." He even coined the behavior as "The Paris Hilton Effect." Mr. Levy further explains that "Hollywood and the media have really set the stage for this to be a reality. Every other image the average woman sees is of a major celebrity flashing their underwear or hanging on the arm of a different man every night. That being said, the results aren't very shocking to me."

The women who participated in the poll resided in major cities around the country. The cities included in the poll were San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Of the 20,000 women who took part in the study, 24% stated they would wait until the second date, while 42% said at least three or more dates were necessary.

About AdultsOnlyList.com
AdultsOnlyList was founded by two freshmen roommates at Stanford University prior to them both dropping out. Dan majored in electrical engineering, while Jason studied computer science. They developed the idea for AdultsOnlyList during the Fall Semester of 2008 after conducting various surveys suggesting a growing trend towards casual dating.

AdultsOnlyList began with the help of school loans and personal credit cards. The domain name adultsonlylist.com was activated on October 8, 2008 and the website grew over the subsequent months from one location (San Francisco) to a list of major cities across the nation. AdultsOnlyList offered the public a beta test of the site in December 2008, and plans for an official launch this spring.

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