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FILM315 Presentation

  1. 1. Love at First Click: <br />A courtship with E-Dating<br />Image by Ambrozjo, stock.xchng<br />
  2. 2. Everyone dreams of finding that one perfectperson…<br />Image by L. Hollis Photography, Flickr<br />
  3. 3. Someone who both compliments us and challengesus to be the best person we can be. <br />Image by L. Hollis Photography, Flickr<br />
  4. 4. In past decades, in order to meet someone many people relied on mutual friends, arranged social events, personal ads, and bars. <br />Image by cjhallman, stock.xchng<br />
  5. 5. But even if two people met, the odds of finding true love could seem pretty rare.<br />Image by Yané, Flickr<br />
  6. 6. This would explain why more and more people have been opting to try to find love online instead of visiting the local bar. <br />Image by chasz57, Flickr<br />
  7. 7. In fact, only 9% of women and 2% of men say they’ve actually found a relationship at a bar. <br />Worldwide Online Dating Statistics, The Dating Journal (February 20, 2010)<br />Image by Tombre, stock.xchng<br />
  8. 8. When the first online dating site launched in the 1990s, admitting to looking for love online was considered taboo and often kept secret. <br />Image by Christian Kitazume, stock.xchng<br />
  9. 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.<br />Worldwide Online Dating Statistics, The Dating Journal (February 20, 2010)<br />Image by len-k-a, stock.xchng<br />
  10. 10. Today, the ages of people using online dating range from 19 to 89 with a mean of 48 years old. <br />(John M Grohol PsyD, WhoUsesInternet Dating?)<br />Image by Shannah Pace, stock.xchng<br />
  11. 11. There is conflicting data on which of the sexes uses online dating more. <br />Image by Stéfan, Flickr<br />
  12. 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.<br />Worldwide Online Dating Statistics, The Dating Journal (February 20, 2010)<br />Image by siewlian, stock.xchng<br />
  13. 13. However, in another study, it was estimated that <br />58 percent of women in the United States and <br />48 percent of the men use online dating services. <br />(A Business of Love: Online Dating by the numbers, Visual Economics). <br />Image by Internet Dating Service, Flickr<br />
  14. 14. Regardless of who is E-dating, the business of love is booming. In 2007, dating sites earned about $1.03 billion in revenues. <br />(A Business of Love: Online Dating by the numbers, Visual Economics)<br />Image by lolo_stock, stock.xchng<br />
  15. 15. In 2012, that figure is expected to climb to $1.65 billion. <br />(A Business of Love: Online Dating by the numbers, Visual Economics)<br />Image by Andi Braun, stock.xchng<br />
  16. 16. There are hundreds of online dating sites to choose from each offering a different experience.<br />Image by RFI4109, Flickr <br />
  17. 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. <br />Image by Homies In Heaven, Flickr<br />
  18. 18. While other dating sites such as, and eHarmony claim to use sophisticated scientific algorithymsto determine a users compatibility with other users. <br />Image by 123dan321, stock.xchng<br />
  19. 19. One of the leading Online Dating sites that uses algorithms, eHarmony, requires customers to answer a <br />258-question personality test which is used to match them with others based on attributes such as intellect, values, and character.<br />Image by Martin Boose, stock.xchng<br />
  20. 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.<br />(James Orat, Online Dating Statistics)<br />Image by yogurt with sprinkles, Flickr<br />
  21. 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.<br />Worldwide Online Dating Statistics, The Dating Journal (February 20, 2010)<br />Image by The Kit and the Cub, Flickr<br />
  22. 22. Looking for long term? A survey by found that 17 percent of those who married in the past three years met online. <br />(Ellen McCarthy, Marriage-minded do better online than at bars, survey claims) <br />Image by bea29sm, stock.xchng<br />
  23. 23. So how much is love going for nowadays?<br />Although there are some free online dating sites, increasingly popular sites such as and offer their services for $29.99-59.99 per month.<br />Apparently, you CAN buy love!<br />Image by Vea Avernalis, stock.xchng<br />
  24. 24. Not impressed by the traditional Online Dating sites, there are alternatives…<br />Image by Derek Kimball, stock.xchng<br />
  25. 25. For those on the go with no time to browse through online profiles…<br />There’s an app for that!<br />StreetSpark, which uses GPS and Wi-Fi chips, is a smartphone app that helps you meet potential partners based location.<br />Image by samsungtomorrow, Flickr<br />
  26. 26. Many social networking sites also offer dating applications. Zooskis a dating community that works with social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo.<br />Image by Scott Beale/Laughing Squid, Flickr<br />
  27. 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.<br />(Dr. Phil, Falling in Love Online)<br />Image by The Kit and the Cub, Flickr<br />
  28. 28. Experts do warn that caution should be used when using online dating services…<br />Image by kriegs, stock.xchng<br />
  29. 29. Unfortunately, online deception is very common and can take a variety of forms, from exaggeration to outright lying.<br />Image by torli, stock.xchng<br />
  30. 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.<br />(Love and Dating, Editors of Netscape)<br />Image by Andre Delhaye, Flickr<br />
  31. 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.<br />(Molly J. Coombs, Blast Magazine)<br />Image by Jason Morrison, stock.xchng<br />
  32. 32. The reality is that E-dating may not be for everyone, but with what you now know...<br />Image by simon thomaschke, stock.xchng<br />
  33. 33. Is it for you?<br />By Stacy Shane<br />Posted May 20, 2011<br />Image by Svilen Milev, stock.xchng<br />