NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2002 — Years ago, before the dawn of the Web, I worked with a woman who, when asked how she met her husband, would laugh and say matter-of-factly, “at a bar.” She knew there was a cultural stigma to having picked up a guy in a place like that, much less gone on to marry him. I always admired her for being honest, but then again, why shouldn’t she have been? Probably for the same reason that some people are embarrassed to admit that they use the Internet for dating.
“It’s a pleasure to meet your new husband,” I told an old friend recently, as they left my place after a visit. “Yeah, he’s great,” she responded, slightly sheepish, but clearly happy to say it out loud: “I just dialed him up on the Internet.”
Welcome to love in the modern age. Answer a few questions about yourself. Fill in the blanks about what turns you on, and off. Compose a pithy headline. Attach your best photo. And, voila! You, too, can dial up a spouse. Or a date. Or a tryst. No bars necessary.
With so many dating sites out there; the question has alway been where do I begin? The answer is, right here on Date Site Match. Instead of arbitrarily ranking the top 10 or top 100 dating sites, we have compiled a directory of as many dating sites as we can find. Putting them all in one place to give you the choice to investigate and discover which ones suit you the best. There is absolutely something for everyone here. We also provide you with useful resources and information that will enhance your online dating experience. Explore, have fun and find the date of your dreams!
Who’s using online dating sites? Your friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances, strangers and just about anybody who’s looking to meet someone. There are currently over 54 million single people in the United States. Over 20 million people use online dating sites per year.
Online dating or Internet dating is a dating system which allows individuals to make contact and communicate with each other over the Internet, usually with the objective of developing a personal, romantic, or sexual relationship. Online dating services usually provide unmoderated matchmaking over the Internet, through the use of personal computers or cell phones.
Online dating services generally require a prospective member to provide personal information, before they can search the service provider’s database for other individuals using criteria they set, such as age range, gender and location. Most sites allow members to upload photos of themselves and browse the photos of others. Sites may offer additional services, such as webcasts, online chat, video chat, and message boards. Most sites provide free registration, but may offer services which require a monthly fee. Other sites depend on advertising for their revenue.
Many sites are broad-based, with members coming from a variety of backgrounds looking for different types of relationships. Other sites are more specific, based on the type of members, interests, location, or relationship desired.
Online Dating Statistics
source: Reuters, Herald News, PC World, Washington Post
Total number of single people
in the U.S.
Total number of people in the U.S. who have tried online dating
Average spent by dating site customer per year
Average length of courtship for marriages that met online
Average length of courtship for marriages that met offline
Percent of users who leave
within the first 3 months
Percent of male online dating users
Percent of female online dating users
Percent who say common interests are the most important factor
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