Online dating: showing more efficiency in love searching?
Online dating is also known as Internet dating or net dating service. This is an instance of the so-called dating system that allows individuals, couples or groups to meet up online and probably develop a sexual or romantic relationship.
An online dating service provides un-moderated matchmaking. This is called such because it is being done by means of personal computer use, cell phones and the Internet.
These kinds of services for online dating generally let people to give personal information and also search for other individuals who uses the same criteria like location, gender and age range.
Most online dating sites allow its members to post photos of them and also browse the pictures of other members. Online dating websites sometimes provide additional services like online chat, message boards and webcasts. Websites occasionally let people to be part of for free yet other websites also offer the same online dating service which entail monthly membership fees.
Many sites for online dating are broad-based, with its members coming from a diversity of background, with one goal - to look for various categories of relationships. There are other online dating sites however, which are more particular, according on its member types, desired relationship, location and interests.
The rising trend
Interestingly, a study revealed that United States residents spend about $469.5 million in 2004, for online personals and dating. This is the next largest paid content segment over the web. The study was conducted by OPA or Online Publishers Association as well as comScore Networks.
The Hitwise In. research has also showed that by November 2004, 844 dating and lifestyle sites were established, showing a 38% increase ever since the beginning of the year. Nevertheless, market share has been increasing in domination through few large business services that includes Match.com, Yahoo! Personals, eHarmony and American Singles. By the year 2007, ltos of prominent researches show that the site, Baby Boomer has soared in popularity.
Of late, online dating usually props web camera chats between the members of the dating websites. This provides more convenience. Additionally, the population of online daters has become larger, with sites that have certain demographics to narrow down the group of possible matches.
According to a forecast of an article from 2002 Wired magazine, the idea of love looking over the Internet will get silly, perhaps twenty years starting today. Serendipity will become the inefficient market hallmark. The market of love will become more competent.