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The New Yorker Explores Evolution of Internet Dating

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Nick Paumgarten of The New Yorker recently explored online dating, from its roots in NY as Project TACT (Technical Automated Compatibility Testing) which operated using an IBM computer in 1964, to present day.  Internet dating has evolved to help people find their match, in a world where compatibility is seen as the most important aspect of a mate.  However, the Internet has led people to believe there is always something better out there, making them view online dating as more of a continuous game or sport.

Internet dating sites have become a successful business, with those who charge a fee, like Match and EHarmony amassing over $1 billion in 2010.  The free sites, PlentyOfFish and OK Cupid also brought in money through advertising revenue.

Despite their successes, one of the problems with online dating Paumgarten flags is that people exaggerate (or disguise) elements of themselves via their online profile.  This was especially problematic when a woman sued Match for meeting a man, who ended up being a convicted sex offender, on their site, prompting the service to compare registered users to the National Sex Offenders Registry.

To compete with the plethora of online dating sites, new ones are beginning to rely on gimmicks.  ScientificMatch pairs people according to their DNA, while Ashley Madison connects cheating spouses.  They have even moved to mobile devices, such as Grindr, an app connecting gay men to those in their vicinity.

The New Yorker

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  • Anonymous

     The growing number of online dating sites is good news for the end user. It means they have more choices and more possibilities online to improve their chances of finding dates. However, despite the proliferation of online dating sites, the end user should not forget what the real aim is here, which is to find someone compatible. Free dating sites such as POP, Jumpdates.com, OkCupid may have a different range of services, but ultimately, the question the user should ask are:
     – What are my chances of finding my compatible partners on these sites?

    This usually means that the site has some appeal to attract different types of users and you need to understand which category you belong to. For example some will attract singles looking for short term flings whereas others are geared towards attracting singles looking for a longer-term relationship.
    Be prepared to do a lot of sifting through any of the websites to locate your compatible matches, be it paid or free dating sites.

  • Anonymous

    Paid dating sites like match and eHarmony must be using some mechanism to avoid this type of incidents. I was reading an article on online how free dating sites do manual checking of all profiles. whether it is a plentyoffish, jumpdates.com, okcupid or datehookup. 
    All should do more strict check of profiles to avaoid such mishaps.

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