A Net dating service,
also known as Internet dating or online dating is a dating system that allows people to meet online and develop a relationship, whether romantic or sexual. Net dating services provide un-moderated matchmaking through the use of the Internet, personal computers, or even cell phones.
The main purpose of such services allow people to provide personal information and then by using criteria like age, gender and location to find other individuals. Most sites allow their members to upload their own photos and browse other people's photos. Sometimes sites offer additional services- webcasts, online chat, and message boards or free registration and services with a monthly fee.
There are two types of sites- those which are broad-based and specific ones. The members of the broad-based sites are from a variety of background and are looking for different types of relationships. In the specific sites there is differentiation based on interests, location, or relationship desired.
At the end of November 2004, there were 844 lifestyle and dating sites but there are several large commercial sites that dominated. These are Yahoo! Personals, Match.com, American Singles, and eHarmony.
According to a Wired'magazine article by the year 2022 the idea that someone looking for love without looking for it online will be silly.
Mobile dating websites are gaining popularity and according to The San Francisco Chronicle mobile dating is the next big leap in online socializing. Some experts believe that it is due to the growing popularity of online dating. Analyst Brent Iadarola of Frost & Sullivan said that people are more comfortable with online dating and this is now translating to the mobile world. On the other hand others believe that it is a matter of personal choice. People don't have to date on their computer any more they can do it on their handset.
Lately it is common to see online dating websites providing webcam chats. It makes dating more convenient than ever.
It is a mixture between online dating and online gaming, achieved by avatars, singles interact in a virtual venue that resembles a real life dating environment. For example, individuals can meet and chat in a romantic virtual cafe in Paris.
Scientists at MIT and Harvard have found that "people who had had a chance to interact with each other by computer only on a virtual tour of a museum as a result had more successful face-to-face meetings than people who had viewed only profiles."
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