The results are drawn from a larger survey of public attitudes towards the internet, to be released on 8 March 2010.The survey interviewed 10,976 adult citizens who had used the internet in the previous six months across 19 countries, and was conducted for BBC World Service by the international polling firm Globe Scan.If you have an interesting story to tell, or experience to share, then please email the team at [email protected] and telephone interviews were conducted between 30 November 2009 and 26 January 2010 with a total of 10,976 citizens in 19 countries: Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Respondents aged 18 to 24 are the most enthusiastic (36%) but even among those aged over 65, more than one in five (23%) regard the internet as a good place to find a partner.However, the results also suggest that those with a higher level of education are less likely to regard the internet as a good place to find a partner – 28% of those with a university education felt it was, compared to 36% of those who had not completed high school.In contrast, fewer Americans (21%), South Koreans (16%), British (28%), and French (27%) think the idea of finding a partner online a good one.The poll also suggests that, among internet users, men are somewhat more enthusiastic about finding a partner online than women – 33% of men regard the internet as a good place to find a boyfriend or girlfriend, compared to 27% of women.
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"For many, and particularly in the developing world, it's not just somewhere to work, shop, or communicate with friends, but a credible way of finding a partner in life." This finding is part of a wider survey for Super Power – bbc.com/superpower – a major BBC season of programmes starting on 8 March 2010 exploring the extraordinary power of the internet.
Super Power will be examining the impact of the internet on all aspects of life including business, politics, democracy and empowerment, as well as relations between people in all parts of the world.
Fifty-nine per cent of Indians and 60% of Pakistanis who use the internet regard it, according to the poll, as a good place to find a partner.
Other countries where high proportions of internet users feel the same way include Ghana (47%) and the Philippines (42%).