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  • 1. Love at First Click:
    A courtship with E-Dating
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  • 2. Everyone dreams of finding that one perfectperson…
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  • 3. Someone who both compliments us and challengesus to be the best person we can be.
    Image by L. Hollis Photography, Flickr
  • 4. In past decades, in order to meet someone many people relied on mutual friends, arranged social events, personal ads, and bars.
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  • 5. But even if two people met, the odds of finding true love could seem pretty rare.
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  • 6. This would explain why more and more people have been opting to try to find love online instead of visiting the local bar.
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  • 7. In fact, only 9% of women and 2% of men say they’ve actually found a relationship at a bar.
    Worldwide Online Dating Statistics, The Dating Journal (February 20, 2010)
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  • 8. When the first online dating site launched in the 1990s, admitting to looking for love online was considered taboo and often kept secret.
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  • 9. However, this is no longer the case. In a recent survey, 1.1 to 1.2 million Canadians have admitted to using an online dating site.
    Worldwide Online Dating Statistics, The Dating Journal (February 20, 2010)
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  • 10. Today, the ages of people using online dating range from 19 to 89 with a mean of 48 years old.
    (John M Grohol PsyD, WhoUsesInternet Dating?)
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  • 11. There is conflicting data on which of the sexes uses online dating more.
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  • 12. One Canadian survey suggests that of those using online dating, there are 37% more men than women, which means for every woman using online dating services, there are more than two men.
    Worldwide Online Dating Statistics, The Dating Journal (February 20, 2010)
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  • 13. However, in another study, it was estimated that
    58 percent of women in the United States and
    48 percent of the men use online dating services.
    (A Business of Love: Online Dating by the numbers, Visual Economics).
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  • 14. Regardless of who is E-dating, the business of love is booming. In 2007, dating sites earned about $1.03 billion in revenues.
    (A Business of Love: Online Dating by the numbers, Visual Economics)
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  • 15. In 2012, that figure is expected to climb to $1.65 billion.
    (A Business of Love: Online Dating by the numbers, Visual Economics)
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  • 16. There are hundreds of online dating sites to choose from each offering a different experience.
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  • 17. Some dating sites, such as PlentyofFish.comandYahoo! Personals allow users to browse through numerous profiles and pick and choose who they would like to contact.
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  • 18. While other dating sites such as, and eHarmony claim to use sophisticated scientific algorithymsto determine a users compatibility with other users.
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  • 19. One of the leading Online Dating sites that uses algorithms, eHarmony, requires customers to answer a
    258-question personality test which is used to match them with others based on attributes such as intellect, values, and character.
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  • 20. The success rate of E-dating is fairly difficult to pinpoint. However, one survey found that women are most likely to find a potential relationship online, with 72% admitting to having had an online romance, compared to 52% of men.
    (James Orat, Online Dating Statistics)
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  • 21. Another survey found that 63% of Canadians who have tried E-dating have admitted to having sex with at least one person they met online.
    Worldwide Online Dating Statistics, The Dating Journal (February 20, 2010)
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  • 22. Looking for long term? A survey by found that 17 percent of those who married in the past three years met online.
    (Ellen McCarthy, Marriage-minded do better online than at bars, survey claims)
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  • 23. So how much is love going for nowadays?
    Although there are some free online dating sites, increasingly popular sites such as and offer their services for $29.99-59.99 per month.
    Apparently, you CAN buy love!
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  • 24. Not impressed by the traditional Online Dating sites, there are alternatives…
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  • 25. For those on the go with no time to browse through online profiles…
    There’s an app for that!
    StreetSpark, which uses GPS and Wi-Fi chips, is a smartphone app that helps you meet potential partners based location.
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  • 26. Many social networking sites also offer dating applications. Zooskis a dating community that works with social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo.
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  • 27. The onlineenvironment is the perfect breeding ground forfantasiesbecause it allows us to ascribe all the wonderful qualities we want in a partner to someone we've never met.
    (Dr. Phil, Falling in Love Online)
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  • 28. Experts do warn that caution should be used when using online dating services…
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  • 29. Unfortunately, online deception is very common and can take a variety of forms, from exaggeration to outright lying.
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  • 30. The most common things that people lie about online are weight, height, age, relationship status and income. However, some have estimated that one in 10 online daters is a sex offender.
    (Love and Dating, Editors of Netscape)
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  • 31. In fact, a California woman recently filed suit against, who set her up as prey to a violent sexual predator with a long rap sheet.
    (Molly J. Coombs, Blast Magazine)
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  • 32. The reality is that E-dating may not be for everyone, but with what you now know...
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  • 33. Is it for you?
    By Stacy Shane
    Posted May 20, 2011
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