It arose during the late 1990s, at the same time that the Internet itself was becoming increasingly popular.
Despite being a relatively young industry, online dating has already become one of the most profitable types of business to be found on the Internet.
It will be seen that online dating can be successful in terms of forming long-term relationships; however, as a general rule, a great deal of trial-and-error is also involved in this process.
Overview of the Online Dating Industry Long distance courtships (by telephone, letters, etc.) existed long before the rise of the Internet in the 1990s.
As early as 1996, articles about happy couples that had met online began to appear in popular magazines (Gwinnell xv-xvi).
Despite such articles, there was a bit of a stigma to using online dating services during the early period of their development.
Another story is that of a suicide because a person couldn’t meet up with another person on another social networking site.
This paper will start out by providing an overview of the online dating industry, including a brief history and a description of its current status.
As reported in the findings of that survey, “70% of singles polled say that online dating today is more mainstream, compared to a few years ago” (“Online Dating Soars in Popularity” n. In addition, the poll showed that 59 percent of Lycos users were interested in joining an online dating service, compared to only 29 percent in the year 2000. “Meet Your Match.” Internet Magazine, Spring 2003, 48-53.
Another indication of the present-day acceptance of online dating can be found in the responses to a survey of nearly 2,000 singles, conducted by in 2002. Online Seductions: Falling in Love with Strangers on the Internet. “History of Online Dating.” Online Dating Magazine, 2004 Merrick, Amy. Find a Date.” Wall Street Journal, November 27, 2000, R16.
Online dating services currently attract millions of users every day, and the industry as a whole is making hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
Online dating provides an efficient way for people to meet prospective partners and to get to know them through e-mails and chats.