It’s been 22 years since Gary Kremen, the commercial pioneer of online dating, promised, "will bring more love to the planet than anything since Jesus Christ." The proliferation of online dating hasn’t been quite so revolutionary or dramatic.
Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based.
Online dating services allow users to become "members" by creating a profile and uploading personal information including (but not limited to) age, gender, sexual orientation, location, and appearance.
"Stef Safran, a Chicago-based matchmaker, says she has seen attitudes about marijuana change dramatically as states have legalized the drug for recreational or medicinal purposes.
In November alone, voters in three states — California, Massachusetts and Nevada — passed measures to allow recreational use; three other states — Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota — voted to legalize the drug for medicinal purposes.
We’ll remember its failures across the pop culture spectrum.
And we’ll report on what it’s doing to our lives — romantic, physical, and otherwise.
Match.com, now the biggest dating site in the world, hosts more than 2 million paid subscribers.
In recent years, mobile apps such as Tinder and Bumble have simplified the art of the online dating profile, mining users’ Facebook and Instagram profiles for selfies and personal tidbits in place of the heartfelt essays more common on older dating websites such as Match.
In 2014 the online dating industry made billion. Even Tinder, heralded as more of a game than an actual dating service by many Millennials, will soon start charging for a premium edition to get a bigger piece of the online market.
People once looked down on online dating, but now it is widely accepted and continues to grow in popularity as new mobile devices provide additional platforms.
Preventing these types of misuse and play is a big job for online dating companies.