There are also websites known for extramarital relationships, with Ashley Madison being the market leader having 36 million members from 46 different countries.Members’ accounts were recently hacked and personal details made public, which has already led to divorce proceedings and suicides.
” Whilst there are still many “traditional” ways to meet, such as at work, volunteering, clubs, inviting out acquaintances etc., these people are not necessarily available for a more intimate relationship and our busy lives make it difficult to meet likeminded people or to have the time to develop friendships.
On a dating site you know people are available and this can save the awkwardness of first dates because when you meet up, you are already close.
Social media has taken over people’s lives, so it is a natural extension to make new friends online.
One UK survey found one in three people meet this way.
The first dating site was Match.com, launched in 1995, and nowadays there are over 8,000 sites worldwide, 750 in Portugal and 1,400 in the UK, with nine million Britons as members generating £170million for the UK economy.
I was surprised to find specific sites for different religions, ages, gender and even type of person, such as Muddy Matches for country folk and Vegetarian Daters.In London there is a site for members to search by tube station for lunchtime dates!I recently discovered that some friends used dating sites.My initial reaction was “poor things they must be desperate” because I, naively, did not realise how popular internet dating is.This seems to be the reaction of many people and yet more and more single people do make friends or find love online.One male friend explained: “Maybe there’s a lot of stigma still held by a tiny minority, but I think you’ll find that everybody else has been doing it for a long time.