Social Media Vs. Dating Sites Like eHarmoney And OKCupid

It seems that eHarmony and OKCupid are being replaced by Twitter and Facebook. In fact 21% of couples say they connected through social media.

Meeting someone online is happening more often than ever now, especially with the popularity of social networking. Sites such as Twitter and Facebook have given singles an opportunity to find the match of their dreams, despite the numerous online websites dedicated to matchmaking, such as Match.com, eHarmony and OKCupid. However, many analysts believe that there is no need for these online dating sites to worry because the online dating industry in the U.S. is expected to experience phenomenal growth by 2016. This suggest a larger market with plenty of space for many players.

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The interesting part about couples meeting on Twitter and Facebook, rather than a website that is meant specifically for dating, is that it is easier for potential partners to be able to get to know one another on a level that is more genuine and sincere. According to some studies, when people meet on social networking websites, there is a better opportunity to get more revealing information about a person’s character. Of course, another great advantage with social networking is that it is free.

A recent study suggests that in the time period 2005 to 2012, approximately 21% of people who met each other online and eventually got married, actually found each other through social networking sites. Interestingly, the same percentage of marriages resulted from people who meet in school in an offline environment.

Jeff Hall, an expert on different styles of flirting, from the University of Kansas, noted that this often took place without drawing much attention. The author discovered that many of these marriages had roots in older forms of social network sites, such as MySpace and Classmates.com. Participants in this study discovered that they were able to take advantage of a more natural setting for meeting and getting better acquainted with potential partners when they used free social networking websites rather than the “awkward” or “too direct” approach offered by online dating services.

A Fiasco-Proof Way For Single Parents to Find Dates

Single Parent Dating

Single people often complain about not finding enough quality men or women on the planet. You can just imagine how single parents must be feeling. Single parents often have all sorts of fears and hang-ups — bad experience with the ex, age and weight issues, awkwardness in intimate situations, feeling overwhelmed with motherhood/fatherhood.

If you are guilty of these self-sabotaging thoughts, it’s about time you changed your mantra if you hope to attract good people and situations to you. These nagging fears can become a chip on your shoulder, or as some call it, emotional baggage — a real turn off for potential dates. So, toss your fears into the garbage bin,  dust off your low self-esteem, and get into the dating scene.

But where do you start? First, you may want to enlist the help of cyberspace. There are a lot of single people on the Internet looking for love. Joining social networking and dating sites are just some of the ways you can meet new people. Social platforms such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, even YouTube have become an integral way of life, almost second nature for modern singles – just ask any young single guy or girl!

Mobile dating sites are also turning to be a popular vehicle among the lovelorn to find their soul mates. You may also join online communities or support groups for singles.  The idea is to market yourself (not really as bad as it sounds) on the Web as a single, attractive male or female looking for fun romance or a committed relationship.

Don’t limit yourself to the web and mobile dating avenues, however, also make yourself available in the real world. Who knows, the next person you will swap “I dos” with is just two blocks away from where you are now. Join clubs, attend parties and group dates, try to get to know as many people as you can.

No matter how lonely or desperate you get in finding someone to share your life (and household bills) with, don’t neglect your kids. Don’t miss school activities or events just so you can be with your date. It would be better to discuss these boundaries with your date from the get-go.

With all the psychos prowling around, make sure your date will not be a threat to your child’s safety before you take him home. Try to get to know him or her first in a public situation, and only bring your date home with you after he/she has passed this initial stage.

As the two of you become more involved with each other, your date might also want to develop a closer relationship with your kids.  Gradually ease your date into your family by letting him or her join family-oriented activities. A person who is comfortable around your kids definitely earns more brownie points.

 

Hi, and thanks for stopping by our single parent dating article. About the author. Matt Fuller works within various free dating sites and singles chat platforms providing matchmaking alternatives for singles who know how to have fun.

Top Online Dating Service Websites

Single Parent Dating

Top Online Dating Service Websites

The top three online dating services of the year are most likely to be same top 3 as last year, as new polls are showing. Match.com, Yahoo! Personals and eHarmony are in the lead again for top honors as well as top revenue generation.

Here's another potential eHarmony date. Why do...
Here’s another potential eHarmony date. Why do you suppose he’s smiling? (Photo credit: David Reber’s Hammer Photography)

However, these top sites are now facing stiff competition from niche sites like JDate for Jewish singles, Christian Club for Christian singles, and Shaadi for Indian singles. Targeted sites like those are ever popular, and one can find a site that matches any discriminating love interest.

Even popular social networking sites like FaceBook and MySpace have organized themselves to cater to love seekers using single sub groups. But the biggest growth in the industry is coming from the most surprising spot in the world: India. India has two of the top 10 sites worldwide with Shaadi and Love From India garnering more then 15 million seekers per year.

 

 

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