Peter Zavitsanos Section 2 Many chat-rooms 1995-1995: Kiss.com and Match.com launched 1996: 16 dating websites listed on yahoo, friendfinder.com 1998: You’ve Got Mail 2002: Social Networking 2007: Americans spent $500 million on online dating. www.perfectmatch.com www.match.com www.eharmony.com www.friendfinder.com www.yahoopersonals.com www.chemistry.com And many more….. Online Dating Magazine estimates that there are more than 120,000 marriages a year that occur as a result of online dating. (Online Dating Magazine - 2007) Online Dating Magazine estimates that more than 20 million people visit at least one online dating service a month. (Online Dating Magazine - 2007) In a recent study, it was found that 2 out of every 5 single people between the ages of 24 and 50 use, or have used, Online Dating services. 94% of those surveyed saw their 'epartner' again after first meeting them, and the relationships lasted for an average of at least seven months, with 18 per cent of them lasting over a year. "This study shows that online dating can work for many people, leading to a successful meeting for almost everyone we surveyed," said Dr Gavin (University of Bath.) Dating sites can allow singles looking for a relationship to meet more people interested in dating than without this form of dating outlet An online dater has a greater choice in who he or she meets Fear of rejection or social awkwardness can be reduced Potential matches have a greater opportunity to get to know each others interests before put into the situation of physical interaction Money Spent on Dating Websites (millions) 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Year 2007 2008 2009 "Do Marriages Really Define Online Dating Service Success?." Onlinedatingmagazine.com 18 June 2007: n. pag. Web. 13 Apr 2010. <http://www.onlinedatingmagazine.com/mediacenter/pressreleases/09onlinedati ngmarriages.html>. "E-Harmony Add Tanyalee & Joshua ." youtube.com. Web. 13 Apr 2010. "History Of Online Dating." Brainz.org (2010): n. pag. Web. 13 Apr 2010. <http://brainz.org/history-online-dating/>. "Internet Dating Much More Successful Than Thought ." Science Daily (2005): n. pag. Web. 13 Apr 2010. <http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/02/050218125144.htm>. "Online Dating- Statistics ." DatingMiracle.com (2010): n. pag. Web. 13 Apr 2010. <http://www.datingmiracle.com/asian-dating/online-dating-statistics3922.html>. Orat, James. "The Facts of Online Dating." Webcontent.com (2006): n. pag. Web. 13 Apr 2010. <http://www.webcontent.com/articles/59/1/The-Facts-of-OnlineDating/Page1.html>. "Pros and Cons of Online Dating." Newsdial.com. Newsdial.com, 2009. Web. 13 Apr 2010. <http://www.newsdial.com/relationships/dating/pro-con-onlinedating.html>.