The grooms tend to be more financially successful and significantly older – often fifteen or twenty years older – than the woman would probably marry in her home country.
We are unapologetic boosters for international dating both because of our staff’s personal experiences, but also because there is a mountain of academic and government research that shows it has helped create a lot happy couples. The women are amazing and the couples are generally happy. Romance is a challenge, but the rewards of a great relationship are incredible.
That is enough about scientific evidence, academic arguments, and media bias.
The old networks of family and friends that used to help people meet their mates is not nearly as strong as it was at one time.
In the developed world, and particularly in the United States, men change jobs regularly and few take the time to become deeply involved in the civic and religious life of their communities which is how most men met their wives and girlfriends for millennia.
We continue to use the term “mail order brides,” because that is the popular term for international dating among the public at large.