Đây là bài luyện kỹ năng Reading dành cho đối tượng Intermediate. Chủ đề Relationship (Unit 5 – Study Plan for Intermediate). Dưới đây là một bài báo về Online Dating. Hãy đọc và làm bài tập ở dưới nhé! (Chú ý những chỗ được in đậm và đừng quên lưu từ mới vào sổ từ bằng eJOY extension để ôn tập thêm).
It has long been seen as a less romantic way of meeting Mr Right. But finding love over the internet is a good way of meeting a marriage partner, research has showed. It found that one in five of those who have used dating sites to find their perfect partner have gone on to marry someone they met over the web.
The study, by consumer group Which?, also revealed that more than half of the 1,504 people questioned had been on a date with someone they met in cyberspace. Sixty-two per cent agreed that it was easier to meet someone on a dating site than in other ways, such as in a pub or club, or through friends. At the same time, the under-35s were more likely to know someone who had been on a date or had a long-term relationship with someone they met through online dating.
Jess Ross, editor of which.co.uk, said: ‘Online dating is revolutionizing the way people meet each other. Switching the computer on could be the first step to success.’
According to industry surveys, more than 22million people visited dating websites in 2007, and more than two million Britons are signed up to singles sites.
Of the 147 couples who took part in the study, 61 per cent said their relationships had high levels of these three components. The researchers also found that men were more likely to find true love on the internet than women.
Dr Jeff Gavin, who led the team, said: ‘To date, there has been no systematic study of love in the context-of relationships formed via online dating sites. ‘But with the popularity of online dating, it is imperative we understand the factors that influence satisfaction in relationships formed in this way.’
Charlotte Harper, of Match.com, said: ‘We were thrilled to find so many of our former members have found love. ‘It supports our belief that the internet does in fact encourage old-fashioned courtship.’
Decide if the statements are true or false
1. Online dating is seen as modern romance.
2. Research has shown that online dating is not a good way of meeting people.
3. Most people who took part in the survey said it is easier to meet people online than elsewhere.
4. Jess Ross thinks online dating is changing the way people meet each other.
5. Less than 20 million people visited dating websites in 2007.
6. Women are more likely to find their ideal partner online than men.
7. Many members of match.com have found love.