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In And Outs Of Online Dating

Apr 12, 2008
An online dating or Internet dating, has become a booming business in the last 10 to 15 years with advent of the Internet. Online dating allows single individuals, couples or even groups to meet safely online and possibly lead to a romantic or sexual relationship.

Net dating services provide a matchmaking service through the use of the Internet and people home computers to allow individuals to talk and get to know one another, set up meetings, and take the dating scene to the next level if they so desire.

These services allow people to provide personal information and do searches for other individuals using criteria, like a particular age range, gender and certain areas. Most usually these online dating sites allow members to upload digital pictures of themselves and browse the photos of other people perusing the site. Some sites offer additional services, such as message board or private messaging. Some sites allow people to register for free but offer other services which require a monthly fee.

A lot of these online dating sites are rather broad-based and have members from a variety of backgrounds who are looking for varied types of relationships. Some online dating sites are more specific and are based on certain types of members, their interests, where a person might live, or the relationship one desires.

U.S. residents spent an amazing amount of money, $469.5 million for online dating services and personal ads just in 2004 alone, and that amount increased to over $500 million in 2005, making online dating the second largest bit of paid content sites on the web. The amount spent in 2006 and 2007 has grown exponentially from 2005. By the end of November in 2004, there were over 800 dating sites of various kinds on the web. By 2007, many prominent studies show that the Baby Boomer generation's interest's in online dating had sky-rocketed.

Many magazines have made the observation that in twenty years the idea of looking for that special someone without looking for them online will be the norm, and the old fashioned way of dating will become all but extinct. The serendipitous meetings of day gone by are getting to be considered to be inefficient markets, and the business of love, whether one likes it or not, is becoming more efficient and safer. Some sites now offer online web-cam dating as part of their services to make meeting more convenient and, possibly, safer for both parties involved.

There is also the newer service of Virtual Dating, which combines online dating with online gaming. Through the use of the little icons called avatars single people can interact in a virtual world that resembles a real life dating environment.

There, however, can be some precautions that one should always keep in mind when doing online dating.

Always make sure that the online dating service that you are using is a reputable and real online service. Try to find one that does not have one going in blind, which means not having any profiles of the people you may want to see. Always make sure that the site does not use fake profiles but uses the profiles of actual real people. Make sure you can perform a background check on the prospective suitors so no uncomfortable situations arise.
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