Growth of online dating sites
Though the movie didn’t focus on Internet dating directly, it put meeting someone on the Web in a positive light and showcased the Web as a tool for bringing people together, even those who don’t like each other in the physical world.Riding on a wave of growing public acceptance, and Oneand were acquired by Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch for an undisclosed sum.
These services ran ads on behalf of single men and women who were desperate to find a good husband or wife.
Currently the market has been segmented out to an ever larger number of sites focused on an ever-smaller niche audiences.
Currently, there are sites for virtually every city, every sexual orientation, every desired relationship, every religion, every race and almost every hobby.
The end result is that, according to Online Dating Magazine, nearly 20 million people visit at least one online dating site every month and 120,000 marriages every year take place, at least in part, due to online dating.
In 2002, Wired Magazine predicted that, “Twenty years from now, the idea that someone looking for love won’t look for it online will be silly, akin to skipping the card catalog to instead wander the stacks because ‘the right books are found only by accident.'” The prediction does not seem to be that far off as it is exactly where we are heading with both online dating and social networking.