Adult dating networks
The first prominent online dating site was Match.com, which launched in 1995.e Harmony started in 2000, Ok Cupid in 2004, and more recently, a wave of mobile people-swiping apps, like Tinder and Hinge, have become wildly popular.The particular interests mainly relate to sexual preferences, races, and religions.Top sites include Adam4Adam, Manhunt, for homosexuals; Black People Meet, Black Singles, Black Christian People Meet for African Americans; and Christian Mingle, JDate, and Christian Café for the religiously-oriented.
In March 2008, the top 5 overall sites held 7% less market share than they did one year ago (Plentyoffish and Singlesnet were the only sites to buck this trend individually).
The way the current trend is heading, what will dating be like in 2030, and will that be a better or worse time to be on the dating market than 1995? I think the term “online dating” is part of the problem and makes people who don’t know much about it think it refers to people forming entire relationships online and only meeting in person much later.
Simply considered as online meeting people, it makes a ton of sense.
As for the current online dating options—they strike me as a good first crack at this by humanity, but the kind of thing we’ll significantly improve on to the point where the way it was done in 2014 will seem highly outdated in not too many years.
Now that the stigma has diminished, you know this industry is going to race ahead because there’s so much money to be made by whoever can be innovative.As Adam Small, CMO of Sex Search has put it bluntly: “Our target market is anyone over the age of 21 who is interested in sex, which is almost everybody.” Casual (or “adult”) dating sites are the antithesis of e Harmony and are definitely not focused on helping people find long-term relationships.