With the explosive popularity of social networking, it is no wonder that internet dating has become a billion dollar industry. No more blind dates set up by friends and family members. A little research can be the avenue to your dream man or woman, come true.
Social networking has also made it popular to meet in groups, according to your interests. Sources such as Meetup.com have been very successful in giving people the opportunity to pay a fee and start a group. Former upper management executives have traded the 9 to 5 grind for being a professional butterfly, and have done very well financially. They simply provide a place and the people to network with professionals that probably wouldn’t have made the connection. Many small businesses grow using this popular social networking method. In Denver, one of the most popular professional networking groups is Behind the Moon, owned by Sabrina Risley.
For those who haven’t yet found their perfect match in a meet up group, there is the ever popular internet dating avenue. Here are some interesting statistics surrounding internet dating:
- As of 2008, internet dating was the culprit in bringing over 120,000 couples to holy matrimony.
- Revenues from internet dating exceeded $1 billion in 2007.
- Between the two biggest internet dating sites (eHarmony.com and Match.com), have over 50 million members.
- According to estimates 58% of women and 48% of men use internet dating as a way to find their love.
- There are also free dating options at such sites as: craigslist.org and Yahoo Dating.
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Some people prefer internet dating to personal encounters. In this way, people can search a database of many of those who suit their taste, from a distance. If someone seems interesting, it is easy to reach out to them and begin communicating. In many ways it is advantageous for those who would rather see if things work out in cyberspace first. Should there be a disconnect, you can part with no harm done. This is one of the many conveniences that internet dating provides.
Face-to-face dates that are not internet related has its advantages as well. It is a little more difficult to determine important personality aspects about someone online. For many people, the internet has become their “fantasy land” and they are happy with the arrangement. Even with webcam, it is good to be able to get the right vibe from the person who sits across from you. Either way, if things don’t work out, it usually doesn’t take long to make the determination.
Don’t be afraid to ask pertinent questions, fearing the “nosie-ness” factor. You have to ask several questions of someone who expects to be spending their time with you.