There are many benefits to online dating
Online dating is the fastest growing method of meeting people
Nowadays online dating services are a form of dating that is extremely popular. In 2004 persons in the United States alone spent over 450 million dollars on personal and online dating services. That is the result of a study conducted by comScore Networks and the Online Publishers Association. Online dating is the largest portion of paid content on the internet today. Some of the most popular sites include Friendfinder , Match.com, Yahoo Personals, eHarmony, and American Singles. As of the beginning of 2006, there are more than a thousand different dating sites available.
Since the beginning the internet, though there have been forms of online dating occurring. Initially there was a strong social stigma associated with it. Persons who dated online were thought to be socially inept, strange, or otherwise undesirable people that were resorting to an extreme measure to find dates. However, in the middle of the 1990s online dating became more popular. With a movie starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks called You’ve Got Mail released in 1998 that wave culminated. Now in 2006, the stigma of online dating has all but disappeared. It is widely regarded as an practical, effective and intelligent way of meeting people for relationships, dates and even marriage.
Critics of online dating often refer to the dangers of this modern medium. They cite examples that people had met by the way of the internet, were lied and sometimes even assaulted or kidnapped. These cases may be indeed alarming. However, the dangers of online dating are common to all forms of dating. Meeting someone at a party, bar or nightclub does not offer any form of security that meeting someone online lacks. Most dates that are arranged online result only after a long exchange of emails and phone calls. It is easy for members to get a feel for their possible date before even meeting them. Nowadays, online dating is the fastest growing method of meeting people. Dangers and stigmas aside, it has already permanently changed the way people find dates in our society.
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