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  • For example, Christian Mingle and J Date cater to members of the Christian and Jewish religions, respectively. A site called Matrimony.com recently launched in India to help set up cultural arranged marriages.
  • There are even some extremely specific sites, like this one called Farmers Only dating. I saw this commercial on TV here in Columbia a few days ago and thought it was hilarious.
  • While these apps do have the possibility of connecting individuals who will date or marry in the future, they are most widely regarded as technological tools that allow people to “hook up” with each other without the hassle of a relationship.
  • However, the motivations of seemingly innocent people can turn out to be dangerous regardless of whether that person has a criminal background or not.
  • Another danger of online dating is catfishing.A “catfish” is someone who makes a fake online profile and starts relationships with other people based on the fake entity they have created for themselves. Catfish go to great lengths to find fake pictures of themselves. They also work hard to avoid any in-person meetings with their online partner.

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  • ON THE WEB Valirie Morgan Human Sexuality 3210H Fall 2013
  • Online Dating The first big online dating website was Match.com • Launched in 1995 • Now the world’s largest online dating site BY THE NUMBERS: 54 million – the total number of single people in the United States 25 million – the number of people who used dating sites in April 2011 Over $1 billion – annual revenue from the online dating industry 52.4% – male users 47.6% – female users
  • Online Dating Currently, there are thousands of online dating websites in existence, and some are very niche-oriented.
  • Online Dating
  • Online Dating Individuals who face a small dating market are particularly able to benefit from niche dating services and websites. • Gays, lesbians, middle-aged people are groups most likely to rely on the Internet for finding a potential suitor
  • Online Dating At 26, women have more online pursuers than men. But by age 48, men have twice as many as women. In their online profiles… • Women lie most about weight, physical build, and age. • Men lie most about age, height and income.
  • Smartphone Apps A different kind of online dating has chosen the mobile route – social media apps geared toward dating and connecting with members of the opposite sex (or same sex, in the case of Grindr) have become increasingly popular, especially with teens and college students. • Mobile, location-based services that match based on physical location
  • Safety Concerns As with any type of online activity, dating on the web comes with safety concerns. • Risks include theft of personal information/identity, dangerous situations as a result of meeting up with someone you met online In 2011, a woman filed a lawsuit against Match.com in California state court after allegedly being raped by a man she met through the website, who turned out to be a convicted sex offender. • Match.com now screens members for being registered sex offenders
  • Catfishing A “catfish” is someone who makes a fake online profile and starts relationships with other people based on the fake entity they have created for themselves. Last year, catfishing gained national attention when it was revealed that Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o was the victim of an elaborate catfishing scheme.
  • Catfishing Recently, MTV created a show called “Catfish,” in which they find unsuspecting people who are in online catfishing relationships and set up a face-to-face meeting with their online partners. • Now in its 2nd season, the show has revealed all sorts of reasons why catfish use their deceptive techniques, including “embarrassment about a weight problem, discomfort with emerging sexual identity, [and] outright malice.”
  • Online vs. Offline Dating The advent of Internet dating has lead to a shift in the way people interact. Difference: Face-to-face communication. • Traditional ways of getting to know another person are discarded when the computer becomes a main barrier. • Rather than learning about that person through body language, behavior, and appearance, people are forced to instead interpret solely through text. Although trusting a stranger online is a common and valid concern, more individuals are turning to online dating websites as invaluable resources for their love lives • According to some researchers, they “may even experience greater interpersonal and romantic connections online than in their offline lives”
  • Love at First Click Finding love has now become integrated with modern technology, and some say it has never been easier to develop a relationship. • “Love at first click” has been made possible by the thousands of online dating websites and services that target both broad and extremely narrow populations, and the stigma associated with online dating has essentially been erased. Online dating has proven to be quite successful. In a modern world that relies heavily on technology, online dating is certain to be a viable option for interpersonal romantic connections for years to come.