Actual online dating sites
from Brooklyn, NY for suggesting this week’s topic: Online dating, once a fringe and stigmatized activity, is now over a billion industry.
Over 40 million Americans have given online dating a try, and over a of the American couples married between 20 met online.
If you’re just dipping your toes back into the dating pool, free sites can be a great place to start.
You may even find that online dating isn’t right for you – if that’s the case, all the better to find out without investing much into the process.
Ok Cupid may offer a more personalized approach to free online dating.
You’re Matched According to Answers Ok Cupid matches you with others not only based on your browsing activity on the site, but also based on the way you answer a number of introductory questions.
By continuing to answer questions, you actively update your profile, which leads to more views.
As for the current online dating options—they strike me as a good first crack at this by humanity, but the kind of thing we’ll significantly improve on to the point where the way it was done in 2014 will seem highly outdated in not too many years.
Now that the stigma has diminished, you know this industry is going to race ahead because there’s so much money to be made by whoever can be innovative.
Free sites generally offer more flexibility for different types of relationships, including casual hookups and same-sex relationships.
In fact, they’re not even exclusively for dating, as Ok Cupid allows you to be married or in a relationship but looking for friends.
I’ve already expressed my argument for why in two posts: one on how critical it is to find the right life partner and how seriously we should take that quest, and another on why going to bars is a terrible life experience.