Dating can be exciting, exhilarating, and, naturally, nerve-wracking! While there are many things you can do to relieve stress, one aspect that you may not have considered is how creating a mindset of mindfulness may help to navigate the difficulties that all of us inevitably encounter along the way.
Eharmony partnered with Stop, Breathe & Think, a program designed to promote emotional wellness through guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, to see how members who used the program fared in their use of eharmony compared to those who did not. For this analysis, we looked at a subset of 311 eharmony members who have also used the Stop, Breathe & Think program, and compared them to a group of 311 members who did not used Stop, Breathe & Think but were of a similar age, gender, location and had signed up for eharmony during the same time period.
The differences were pretty dramatic — in a good way for those practicing mindfulness! First, we found that Stop, Breathe & Think users were logging into eharmony 81% more often, suggesting that users who are engaged in mindful meditation are more active and getting more done.
Viewing eHarmony Matches
Are there differences in how users review their matches? We found that Stop, Breathe & Think users browse 92% more of their matches’ profiles than non-Stop, Breathe & Think users. Additionally, Stop, Breathe, & Think users are viewed by their matches 53% more often.
Communicating with eHarmony Matches
We found differences in how many matches users are viewing, but how about communication? We found that Stop, Breathe & Think users are also more active in using eHarmony’s communication system compared to non-Stop, Breathe & Think users. Stop, Breathe & Think users send 215% more close-ended questions to their matches, and they are engaged in open communication with 137% more of their eHarmony matches. Most importantly, Stop, Breathe & Think users were more likely to be successful in their communication with their matches, with 85% more matches in two-way communication compared to non-Stop, Breathe & Think users.
Overall, we found that Stop, Breathe & Think users were more engaged in their eHarmony experience, logging in more often, viewing more of their matches, and ultimately communicating with more of their matches compared to users who did not use Stop, Breathe & Think. This suggests that using tools of mindful awareness are absolutely beneficial in online dating success. While dating may be stressful at times, developing skills to center and ground yourself may help to be more productive in the eHarmony experience and feel better during the process.
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