Entries in Online Dating (4)


New Mobile Apps Give Online Dating a Makeover

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In 2013, blind dates are getting a serious makeover.

Alex Pavlenko is one of the millions of Americans looking for love at any time of day. She went on a blind date during her lunch hour.

Pavlenko met her blind date, Ed Stern, on a brand-new mobile app from dating website OKCupid called Crazy Blind Date, which matched them based on their personality profiles. Two days after they were connected, they met for a blind lunch date.

Two days is a lifetime for today’s apps, which help happy singles looking for Mr. Right, right now.

While online dating sites are seeing fewer visitors – ComScore says 22.9 million visitors ventured to online sites in January 2012 compared to 29.3 million in 2011 – apps like Locals and Singles Around Me are making instant love connections with people nearby who want to meet up immediately.

The number of app-happy singles looking for love on their smartphones is booming, according to Nielsen. In November 2012, there were 13.7 million – double the rate from the previous year.

These apps can show you all of the potential dates that are within walking distance of your exact location. Love can be found literally right across the street with these new apps.

The fastest-growing app is Tinder, which instantly introduces you to your friends’ friends. It’s so popular, it grew 750 percent just last month. The app has made more than 15 million matches with 1.5 billion profile ratings and more than 60 percent of their users logging in every day.

Sam Yagan, the CEO of OKCupid, designs apps that deliver romance at warp speed.

“You can be dating all the time, from wherever you are. And that’s really the key,” he said.

Yagan’s apps can schedule dates in just 30 seconds. You don’t even have to do the asking because the app does it for you.

These apps are leading many to wonder, can instant connections lead to lasting love?

For Pavlenko, her instant date went “pretty well.” But with 100 dates in the palm of her hand, she’s already looking for the next one.

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Who Gets the Attention on Dating Websites?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to hair color, men are more inclined to favor blondes on a dating website over all other hues and are six percent more likely to choose golden locks over brunettes, finds, a site that tries to unite lonely hearts in the United Kingdom.

According to the survey, blondes make up 27.2 percent of the most popular profiles, even though just 24.6 percent of the women on the dating site are fair-haired.  On the other hand, while 39.2 percent of the total profiles on are brunettes, they comprised 35.8 percent of the most popular profiles.

Overall, male respondents rated their preferences in hair color in this order: blondes, black hair, redheads and brunettes.

As for what else men want, 27 percent said curvy women, compared to 2 percent who desire lithe super model figures.  Men also picked nice eyes and cute smiles by 22 percent and 20 percent, respectively.  A good backside only got 8 percent of the vote and attractive breasts garnered 7 percent.

As for what women want, one in four said a guy with nice eyes was the most attractive quality and 22 percent gave their nod to a sexy smile.  Only 2 percent of women rated six pack abs higher than any other male feature.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Online Dating: Is the Stigma Gone?

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Romance and dating has gone digital; It's the second most-popular way of connecting, surpassed only by meeting people through friends.  But, researchers caution, Internet dating is not scientific, and singles should not waste their time on websites that charge for their services.

A review of 400 psychology studies and public interest surveys was commissioned by the Association for Psychological Science and will be published in the February edition of its journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest.

"Online dating has entered the mainstream, and it is fast shedding any lingering social stigma," said researchers from the University of Rochester, Northwestern, Texas A&M, UCLA and Illinois State.

Dating sites don't have "published, peer-reviewed papers" to explain their methodology, and they do not explain in sufficient detail how people are matched, said the researchers.

"There is no particular reason for people to use sites that charge a lot of money to offer something they cannot deliver," said co-author Harry Reis, a nationally known relationship expert and professor of psychology at the University of Rochester.

However, he said online dating does provide wider opportunities to meet people.

"The Internet holds great promise for helping adults form healthy and supportive romantic partnerships, and those relationships are one of the best predictors of emotional and physical health," he said.

When dating online, it's fine to rule out those who have unsuitable habits, such as smoking, or belong to a different religion, but beyond that, making a check list, "leaves out the magic another person can bring to you," said Reiss.

"We suggest they try not to have the shopping mentality and not view alternative people the same way they do a pair of pants," he said.

Instead of checking off the different qualities to look for in a mate, imagine talking to the person or going on a vacation with them, he said.

And don't look at more than a "handful" of profiles in a given city. "With 250 profiles to go through in 20 minutes, you can't have a check list," said Reiss.

As for what makes a good match, "You can't quantify it," Reiss said.  "You can define it, but we do not know how it occurs and where it comes from. ... Science isn't there yet."´╗┐

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Baby Boomers Turn to Online Dating for Another Chance at Love

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEWBURYPORT, Mass.) -- For Adrienne Montezinos, from Newburyport, Mass., life at 50 includes several new rituals: extra makeup, elegant jewelry and tea -- to calm her nerves before a date arranged on

According to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, the recently divorced Montezinos is the poster child for the latest boomer trend: online dating.

Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says divorce has been dropping overall for decades in the U.S., it’s doubled among the 50-and-older crowd.

Dr. Pepper Schwartz, the AARP love and relationship ambassador and chief relationship expert for, attributed the trend, in part, to independent women opting not to stay in mediocre marriages.

Rather than be alone, however, many women like Montezinos are demanding a second chance in matters of the heart. Nearly 5 million men and women older than 55 aren’t hitting the bars and bingo tournaments in search of love.

They are flooding online dating sites.

In the last three years, the number of boomers signing up on these sites has jumped 39 percent, according to Experian Hitwise, an Internet tracking firm.

The AARP said Schwartz’s love and relationships forum, the Naked Truth, received the most clicks on the AARP website.

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