If you’ve seen television recently, then you probably have seen the Match.Com commercial that states, “1 in 5 couples meet through an online dating service.” Well, they weren’t kidding and it holds true in Europe, too.
Europeans have even taken to mobile dating, finding people via your cell phone based on current GPS location. Meetic and Vodafone are at the forefront of European mobile dating and are watching as this phenomenon expands. Because of Americans busy schedules, I cannot see mobile dating exploding in America
How do Europeans make themselves stand out when actively pursuing someone on an Internet dating website? Well, one blogger turned book publisher, Zoe Margolis, has some pointers for those looking for love. She suggests that you make sure you’re grammatically correct. She explains that your grammar shows your attention to detail and that you are actually intelligent. She also suggests not to portray yourself as too picky, too desperate or too arrogant. She differentiates wanting a legitimate relationship from a purely sexual encounter. Are the majority of people on these sites seeking Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now? Well, it appears, after some investigating, that these sites are quite similar to a bar. Each person wants something different.
Oddly enough, economic recessions throughout Europe have made the amount of online daters skyrocket. Why? Well, my guess is when you don’t have a job, you have more time on your hands and people use that time to find love. But most of these sites do require some kind of monthly membership fee, so, you should hope you find someone quickly.
Isn’t it funny, online dating was originally thought to be only for Americans because Americans are presumed to be too busy to find love, a basic human need. Online dating was even frowned down upon by both Europeans and Americans. Years ago, it had the connotation of being either desperate or possibly, dangerous (who knows who you could meet…). Now though, a single mother, for example, may have to be selective, in the interest of her children, about the people she takes the time to date or perhaps a busy professional may not have time to go out and meet other singles.
In a world that embraces technology, it appears that online dating around the world is here to stay and possibly, change the way people meet. While I have never used an online dating service and it is currently not my desired method of meeting people, one day it may be the norm. Have you ever used an online dating service? If so, what did you think about it?