24 Aug, 2010, 09:32 ET
TORONTO, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The new movie, "The Switch" starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman tells the tale of a 40-year-old woman who decides that she is tired of waiting to find Mr. Right in order to have a child. Instead, she wants to find the "right" sperm donor and have a baby on her own.
Anticipating Friday's release of the film, online dating giant Lavalife polled single members to confirm that when it comes to finding a mate and starting a family, they're not sitting around waiting for fate to intervene. And in a recent poll Lavalife asked members, "Would you donate your sperm or eggs for a friend who wanted to have a baby?"
Hundreds of single men and women made the answer clear: 63% percent of men and 48% percent of women surveyed said yes.
"Men and women who sign up for an online dating website want to take control of their lives and their so-called destiny. They are online to find exactly what they are looking for, whether it's a soul mate or a hot fling," explains Kim Hughes, Lavalife's Singles and Dating Expert. "It's not surprising that our members would be willing to help out a friend looking to start a family with sperm or eggs instead of a physical man or a woman."
A recent article by Lisa Daily in Lavalife's online magazine, "Click," discusses how smart, educated women are choosing to have children by themselves in record numbers. According to the 2000 Bureau of the Census, non-marital cohabitation, separation, and divorce have become more common, as has remarriage. Children living with only one parent (24 per cent) or with "melded" sibships of children from several families (15 per cent) are increasing in number; half of all children in the United States lived or will live with only one parent before reaching adulthood. Most one-parent families (86 per cent) are headed by mothers."
"There are a number of women in their 30s and 40s who have decided that they want to shift the focus from finding a man to starting a family," adds Lavalife's Hughes. "The search for love becomes secondary. Most of these women are smart, successful career women who have decided that the next stage in their life is motherhood. It's an interesting statistic that 63% of our single male members are willing to offer their sperm to women who are ready."
For Lavalife, the goal is simple: offer single men and women the ability to find exactly what they are looking for in a mate. Perhaps the next step in the online community will be a sperm bank.
Lavalife is ranked the #1 dating brand in Canada and is a leading provider of multi-channel dating products. Lavalife connects, engages and entertains through a variety of web, voice and mobile offerings. Founded in 1987, Lavalife Corp. markets its products and services across the United States, Canada and Australia. Lavalife's open-minded approach to online dating allows singles to choose how they want to "click" by offering three unique and distinctive communities: dating, relationships and intimate encounters. Lavalife has attracted millions of unique members who exchange 1.3 million messages every day. For more information, visit http://www.lavalife.com.
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