MTV's new reality TV show Catfish -- which depicts the first meeting of couples who have dated online but have never met face to face -- has people talking about the creepy side of online dating many of the Catfish stars turn out to be imposters in one way or another. Creepy or not, the fact is that one in five couples meet online and a form of dating that used to carry a heavy stigma -- has been normalized. Need proof? Google Zeitgeist -- the search engine's annual online presentation of the year's top "trending" and "most searched" terms -- includes a list of the top 10 most searched dating sites, which a Google spokesperson provided to The Huffington Post in an email. Check out the list below, and let us know in the comments if any of the rankings surprised you.
Online dating is the most popular way couples meet | Stanford News
But while the pandemic has changed the face of dating as we once knew it, your relationship ambitions don't have to be paused -- there are still ways to find a compatible partner. Whether you're searching for someone who can join you for a socially distanced stroll through the park or chat for hours with over video chat , an online dating site or mobile dating apps could be the answer. After all, in these times, where better to find deep, meaningful companionship than on the internet? Virtual dating isn't a far cry from the Zoom meetings that have become a predominant part of these strange times. There are lots of good dating website and app options here, whether you're looking to meet new people, try casual dating, find others with shared interests or finally find your ideal match for a long term relationship. I took into consideration everything from each online dating service's dating pool to whether it provides daily matches to whether it's a free dating app or a paid service.
US7246067B2 - Secure online dating support system and method - Google Patents
A secure online dating support system and method requires potential members to submit personal information regarding themselves as a predicate to becoming a member of the dating system. This personal information is provided in a manner, either in-person at an information receiving center, or submitted to an information collector, or submitted directly to an online dating service, that permits its verification. This invention relates generally to online dating support systems and methods and, more particularly, to a secure online dating support system and method in which relevant personal information about participants is obtained, verified and provided to other participants. The online or Internet dating service industry has grown significantly in recent years.
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