Online dating future
Most dating sites will provide a subscription service where the member pays a monthly fee in exchange for the services of the dating site, and in a very clear indicator that online dating is now mainstream, the UK government included a dating subscription in the cost-of-living calculations (Consumer Price Index).
One in 10 Americans have confessed to using online dating sites, with nearly 70 percent of those people taking it to the next stage and going on a date with someone they met through and online a site.
Of course, we must not forget newspaper classified ads which, whilst not necessarily technology based, did form the basis of what has now become online dating. By 1996 there were still less than 20 dating sites in existence, but things were beginning to shape up.
If you look at the success stories of more recent times such as Tinder and Grindr — services designed specifically for smart phones and to take advantage of technologies such as GPS and touch-screen capability — you get an idea of how the device is now the new focal point with these new dating apps.
Telephone chat rooms also were used to meet people in the early 1980s and still exist today.