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 Although it is safe to say that dating apps are not used by everyone looking for romance, their use is quickly growing.It is no surprise that technology-facilitated dating has taken off: it provides people with a socially acceptable way of increasing their social support system and potential dating pool.We all, or at least many of us, remember the classic Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie, “You’ve Got Mail.” For those of you who do not, it was one of the first movies to integrate online dating into the story line.In this 1998 classic, Ryan and Hanks send emails back and forth with the iconic AOL, “You’ve Got Mail” notification pinging away.A new student named Gabriel (Fabio Audi) arrives and takes the empty seat behind Leo.Giovana expresses romantic interest in Gabriel rather quickly, but is appalled when Karina (Isabela Guasco), who has a promiscuous reputation, begins to pursue him.
Over 40 million Americans have given online dating a try, and over a of the American couples married between 20 met online.
Maybe it’s not surprising: This simple photo stream is an intimate (albeit edited) record of our lives — a roadmap, and at best, a humorous, even sexy one.
It conveys a surprising amount of information: your neighborhood and surroundings, preferred alcohol, favorite locales, an exhaustive picture of your dining habits, whether you have a sense of humor at all, the general attractiveness of your friends, the overall creepiness of your point of view.
Fast forward to now - some 15 years later - and technology-facilitated dating has evolved dramatically. In just the past 5 years, we have transitioned from a website industry (e.g., e Harmony, Jdate) to a landscape that now includes specialized mobile dating applications (apps).
Consider: In 2010, users spent more than twice as much time on dating websites as they did on dating apps. Just one year later, in 2011, users spent slightly more time on dating apps than they did on websites.