Not quite to the standards of real-life dating, mind you: surveys still report that people who've never visited an online dating site have a mostly negative view of the whole thing. with access to the internet said they used online dating.But certainly this type of dating — of communicating with a stranger, vetting them and, potentially, meeting up — has never been more popular. The figure is even higher today — though it's difficult to find consistent numbers.So she decided to take a different approach and bought the Marks & Spencer shapewear swim suit, usually modelled by Lisa Snowdon, posting a picture of herself on the senior dating website Fw-300 #ya-qn-sort h2 /* Breadcrumb */ #ya-question-breadcrumb #ya-question-breadcrumb i #ya-question-breadcrumb a #bc .ya-q-full-text, .ya-q-text #ya-question-detail h1 html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-text html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] #ya-question-detail h1, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] #ya-question-detail h1 #Stencil . It's only sensible, then, that with the scalable economics of the internet, industrial-scale matchmakers would come along. OR DOESN'T Online dating arrived with the web — in the early nineties — and was an evolution of the commercial matchmaking services of that time: lonely hearts ads, video-dating, and so on.
The closest you'll find to a sincere sales pitch is at Ok Cupid, which says: "We don't claim to evaluate you perfectly, but we do claim to find someone who claims to fulfill your claimed requirements." I that translates as: 'We're just middlemen: finding someone, and making it work, is up to you." So that's what these sites do: they're a go-between. Claims about "science" and "mathematical algorithms" that will capture your life partner have not been substantiated, and certainly not favorably peer-reviewed.
But there's no reason that should faze the likes of Ok Cupid.
After all, dating sites are predicated on singledom.
And while presumably there is no nefarious conspiracy to keep the world's singles out of wedlock and stuck on the internet, you do have to wonder just how smart it is for a dating site to pair anyone up at all.
They certainly do a good job of making singledom look attractive, and, the better a website does this, the less inclined a person is to get or remain partnered up, and the more likely they are to return to the singles experience and the addictiveness of surfing online profiles.