Online dating has ballooned into a billion-dollar industry and the Internet "may be altering the dynamics and outcome of marriage itself," said the study by U. researchers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
However, some experts took issue with the findings because the survey was commissioned by e Harmony.com, the dating site that attracted one quarter of all online marriages according to the research.
Among couples who were still married during the survey, those who met online reported higher marital satisfaction -- an average score of 5.64 on a satisfaction survey -- than those who met offline and averaged 5.48.
The lowest satisfaction rates were reported by people who met through family, work, bars/clubs or blind dates.
The format of the original series was simple: a bachelorette would have three minutes to ask the same set of questions to each of three hidden bachelors, and then select one bachelor as her "date" based strictly on their responses. online dating market was worth .2 billion in 2014, a 3.5 percent per annum increase since 2008.
Sometimes, the roles would be reversed, where a bachelor did the asking, while the bachelorettes did the answering. Today, people have taken to the Internet to find their ideal date or mate. Just as impressive is revenue growth in the mobile dating market, which is expected to grow from 0.4 million in 2015 to 5.3 million by 2017, according to
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The dating services industry includes several different segments.
Online Dating Websites: Sites such as Match.com, Plenty of Fish, e Harmony, and hundreds more bring affordable and convenient matchmaking services to America’s 124 million singles.
Dating Apps: Smartphones have brought online dating into the hands of thousands of Millennials through popular new apps.
According to Business of Apps, the dating app Tinder is available in over 30 languages.
About 1,000 new online dating services open each year. As Internet usage has grown, so, too, has online dating.